FirstEnergy Fires Nuke Worker over Missed Test
SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. has fired a western Pennsylvania nuclear plant worker for failing to report a missed safety test of shock absorbing equipment designed to protect large steam pipes during earthquakes or other emergencies.
The Akron, Ohio-based utility didn't identify the former employee at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station. That's about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission filed notice of the violation this week.
The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/TrgzoG  ) reports Thursday the worker mistakenly left one snubber — a shock absorber — off a test during a March 2011 inspection and didn't inform managers when he noticed the error. FirstEnergy found the oversight during a routine audit last year.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the violation is considered "low level" because the company immediately corrected it.
Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/