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Exclusive: Workers at San Onofre Nuclear Plant Report Culture of Fear, Deep Mistrust

Oct 4, 2012
Karlene Roberts, an expert in workplace culture within high-risk industries and a professor at University of California Berkeley’s Haas business school, said this about those survey results: “Those numbers are bad … that company’s in trouble.”

The internal documents—one report, one companywide survey and a series of management e-mails—reveal that in the last few months, electric utilitySouthern California Edison has quietly begun a restructuring that has thus far included the ouster or retirement of several top executives, the consolidation of ethics investigations within SCE’s corporate parent and the reorganization of several departments.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

In addition to the unpublicized shakeup, the company recently announced it would reorganize management at its idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and cut more than 700 jobs, or about a third of the plant’spayroll. And last week, Edison told employees it would also trim 20 percent of the managers in the utility’s Information Technology group.

The big changes at Edison, which operates SONGS and is its majority owner, come at a critical juncture in an ongoing debate about the safety, cost and necessity of restarting the nuclear plant’s two reactors. SONGS has been shut down since February because of fears that excessive wear inside its steam generators could trigger a radioactive leak.

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The 23-page workplace culture report, dated May 15, was highly critical of the “unhealthy” and stress-filled work environment in the utility’s Information Technology and Business Integration organization, where two supervisors were killed and two others were wounded in a December 2011 shooting attack by an employee who killed himself afterward.

Experts from Incident Management Team, an independent workplace consultant, interviewed employees throughout Edison’s Information Technology organization, including workers based at SONGS, the Irwindale facility where the shooting occurred and several other locations.

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2 Comments »

  1. when I worked for pacific power and electric,we talked about all the problems edison electric had from the people edison electric was hiring,they did all kinds of stupid things,most were against the law,bell telephone took a beating at the hands of edison,so did all their customers,who had no idea of the criminal activies going on at the highist levels,buying politicans in sacramento to look the other way,BUT,short of the regulators in sacramento being put in prison,IT CAN’T BE FIXED……………….

    Comment by ARIZONA | October 4, 2012 | Reply

    • many thanks for the interesting feedback Arizona.
      crowd sourced news is definitely the way forward to discover the hidden facts, so many thanks for contributing..

      Comment by arclight2011 | October 4, 2012 | Reply


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