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Nuclear station operator fails drug test

Peach Bottom nuclear plant operator fails drug test, Lancaster Online, AD CRABLE | Staff Writer, 16 Nov 17, A control room operator at the Peach Bottom nuclear plant has been barred from the controls after the employee failed a controlled substance test.

Plant owner Exelon notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week that a licensed operator tested positive following a fitness-for-duty test.

The NRC is investigating and has asked Exelon for more information. The operator’s test showed the presence of a controlled substance, according to Neil Sheehan, an NRC spokesman.

The operator’s access to the plant has been frozen, pending further reviews of the employee, Sheehan said.

“We consider control room operators to be in a position of high responsibility and, in line with that, a failed test indicating substance use that could impair job performance is taken very seriously,” he said.

“A positive drug or alcohol test involving a control room operator is a rare occurrence. It takes years of training to become an operator and then regular retraining and requalification in subsequent years.”

Every U.S. nuclear power plant owner is required to maintain a comprehensive fitness-for-duty program that includes random and for-cause testing for drug and alcohol use.

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November 16, 2017 - Posted by | safety, USA

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