NRC announces Justice Department action against NY nuke

Late today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release concerning a plea agreement for safety violations at the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant. The action came following investigation of allegations concerning the actions of ”a former radiation protection technician at the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant (who) deliberately fail(ed) to assure that appropriate respirator fit testing was performed. The former technician at the plant in Scriba, New York, also deliberately falsified documentation which stated the testing had been done.”

According to the press release:

When the NRC became aware of possible performance issues in the FitzPatrick Radiation Protection Department in 2009, it undertook an immediate assessment of the potential safety concerns to determine if violations of NRC requirements had occurred. At the same time, the NRC’s Office of Investigations launched an investigation to determine if any wrongdoing on the part of plant personnel contributed to any violations. The results of the OI investigation were provided to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse.”

The NRC said that further legal action may follow:

Although the Department of Justice (DOJ) has obtained a plea agreement with the individual for criminal violations, the NRC may also take civil actions against the plant’s owner, Entergy, and/or the individual for certain violations of NRC requirements. With the DOJ process now complete, the NRC is evaluating the investigation results to assess whether it should pursue civil enforcement. Today, in correspondence sent to the plant’s owner, Entergy, the NRC stated it was considering escalated enforcement action for the apparent violations of agency requirements. The NRC is offering the company the opportunity to attend a Predecisional Enforcement Conference or participate in an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation session to discuss the apparent violations. A decision on any NRC enforcement action would be made later by agency senior management and communicated to the public.”






About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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