Times Free Press: “It’s been a long day,” FBI Special Agent Ed Galloway said Sunday evening. “All I can say is that we are devoting our resources and we are committed to resolving any issues here.” [...] The incident occurred about two football fields away from what TVA refers to as the plant’s “protected area” where the reactors and power production equipment sits. But the river side is where water intakes are located that carry cooling water into the plant. The water that has circulated in enclosed pipes around the plant and through cooling towers is returned to the river. NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said inspections of the protected area, the river area and that intake pumping station were made before the unusual event alert was ended.
WBIR: TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat. “We’ve seen instances where everyday events can be used by those who want to do harm, we all need to be on the lookout for unusual events and then respond appropriately when those things happen,” said Hopson.
Knoxville News Sentinel: “We were on a heightened state of awareness before the event,” said Hopson, referencing last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. [...] The plant remains on a heightened state of security [...]
See also: Attack at U.S. nuclear plant? Multiple shots fired at security officer -- May have fled in boat -- FBI sending team to site -- "Many of the details I won’t be able to share"
Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am ET