Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposes $145,000 penalty for violations at Vogtle

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Published: Feb. 21, 2018 at 11:12 AM EST
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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $145,000 civil penalty against Southern Nuclear Operating Company for violations at the company's Plant Vogtle involving plant employees who falsified records of required equipment and plant safety checks.

According to the NRC, the violations were identified during an NRC inspection that happened between August and October 2016. An NRC investigation that occurred the next year found that on multiple occasions during the three-month period, at least 13 system operators failed to complete their rounds as required by plant procedures, but entered data into an electronic log indicating that they did.

The NRC maintains that they do not license system operators, yet they provide an important function. The investigation also found there were no actual safety issues and there were no equipment issues or conditions missed that they are aware of.

"Southern Nuclear has taken a number of corrective actions, including procedure revisions, additional training and oversight, and disciplinary action for the individuals involved."

The company has 30 days to either pay the fine or protest.

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