Louisiana nuke fined over workers’ lack of attention to their duties

Found this while I was surfing the internet today….

World Nuclear News reported:

Entergy has been fined $140,000 after control room workers at River Bend nuclear power plant were caught surfing the Internet.

With primary responsibility for monitoring the status of a nuclear power reactor and its safety systems, control room operators are required to remain focused on their work continuously. This can be difficult during long periods of continuous and stable power generation, but some River Bend workers broke basic rules by accessing the Internet without permission. They researched news, retirement plans and sports including fishing.

Of the nine operators that broke the rules, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said three did so “with such frequency and duration” that they are being issued ‘severity level III enforcement violations.’ The others received level IV violations, the lowest level.

Entergy notified River Bend’s resident NRC inspector of the issue in July 2010 and then took part in NRC’s investigation. In November last year the NRC concluded Entergy had not taken sufficient action to remedy the problem and it has now issued the utility with a level III violation for the plant as a whole and a fine of $140,000. This is double the base level fine for this category of violation.

The NRC’s regional administrator, Elmo Collins, said Entergy did not “promptly address the larger safety culture issue,” adding that the number of workers in violation and the wilful nature of the violation contributed to the scale of the punishment.

Here’s a link: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Operator_inattention_attracts_fine_1001121.html



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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