$70K Penalty Proposed Against Nuke Plant Owners

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:03am

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $70,000 civil penalty against the owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, which will soon be decommissioned.

The NRC says fire drills were not being properly conducted and fire drill records were falsified. An investigation concluded that between August 2009 and December 2011 a fire brigade trainer held training sessions instead of actual fire drills and then falsely claimed the drills were completed.

Regulators say Dominion Energy has taken corrective measures, including actions against the ex-trainer and the trainer's supervisor and a revision to the plant's fire drill procedures. A Dominion spokesman says the company accepts the NRC decision and will pay the penalty.

Dominion announced earlier that the Kewaunee plant will be shut down and decommissioned. The plant will stop operating Tuesday.


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