The temporary idling of 1,000 contract workers at the Watts Bar nuclear plant because of safety concerns shows that the Tennessee Valley Authority values safety above anything else, according to this editorial. The work stoppage was prompted by two incidents, the most recent of which "could have resulted in severe injury or worse under slightly different circumstances," said Tom Kilgore, TVA's president and CEO. During the "stand-down," officials studied training procedures and the employees' skill levels.

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