KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is investigating after a noose was found at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama.
A spokesman for the nation’s largest public utility, Travis Brickey, said he didn’t know if investigators considered the incident racially motivated. He also said he couldn’t give further details after the discovery at the plant near Athens, Ala.
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The Knoxville News Sentinel reported it was the fifth time a noose has been reported near or at a TVA facility in four years.
In an employee newsletter, TVA President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore praised those who reported the noose to authorities and promised a full investigation.
“While this appears to be an isolated incident, it is serious and wil not be tolerated,” Kilgore said in a statement in the newsletter.
The utility said the agency’s Office of Inspector General was investigating.