Worker screening problems halt nuke plant building

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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A hundred trucks slog through the mud, carrying dirt away as workers dig deep into the earth as part of the expansion at Plant Vogtle. (February 11, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

July 7, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- Construction on a proposed nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia has been halted after an audit found problems with background checks on workers.

The nuclear subsidiary of The Southern Co. told federal regulators Friday that it was halting work on the site of two planned nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Joey Ledford said Wednesday that the company informed federal regulators that an internal audit by its contractor, The Shaw Group Inc., identified problems with the contractor's screening of construction workers. The government sets security standards at nuclear work sites.

Ledford said he did not know whether work has resumed. A spokeswoman for The Shaw Group did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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