A report in this morning’s Montreal Gazette raises more questions than it answers about a recent incident at the Pickering nuclear power plant. According to the Gazette:
On Nov. 18, 11 workers at the Pickering nuclear power plant were fired over allegations of drug use, a violation of Ontario Power Generation’s code of conduct that prohibits drug use while on the job.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has bent over backwards to avoid calling the incident drug use, instead referring to drug-related activity.
The Gazette cited the OPG press release:
“When allegations were made of drug-related activity — and it should be emphasized these are still only allegations — we took prompt action to ensure there was not a safety issue and that the plant and the public were protected,” Ontario Power Generation said in a statement.
Despite the fact that the incident occurred at work and eleven people were fired, OPG issued the following curious statement:
“After an internal investigation, co-ordinated with the police, we validated this was not a safety issue and was not a question of fitness for duty.”
The Pickering nuclear power plant has six active reactors on site, and two decommissioned ones.