Fri., August 6, 2010 2:26pm (EDT)

Federal Inspectors Bring Higher Scrutiny To Proposed Reactor Site
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
An NRC inspection at Plant Vogtle will examine problems with employee screening at the site. (Image Courtesy Southern Company)
An NRC inspection at Plant Vogtle will examine problems with employee screening at the site. (Image Courtesy Southern Company)
The inspection comes after Plant Vogtle’s construction contractor, Shaw Group, stopped work at the site when they found that new workers weren’t given a questionnaire about their past or current abuse of drugs and alcohol.

It was also found that a supervisor filled out the forms for several employees.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Roger Hannah says the inspection, which was scheduled before the recent security lapses, couldn’t have come at a better time.

"We will not only look at the program issues that we would normally examine during this kind of inspection but we’ll also take the issues that came up as part of the inconsistency in their site access clearance and look at those as well," said Hannah.

Work will remain suspended at the site until the NRC finalizes an investigation into the screening problems.