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“An NRC investigation determined that Robbie Balentine engaged in deliberate misconduct in early 2004 while acting as lead foreman for some paint removal activities inside the torus at Browns Ferry Unit 1. The torus is a large doughnut-shaped metal structure below the reactor vessel designed to capture excess steam in some accident scenarios.
The NRC’s Office of Investigations found that Mr. Balentine willfully directed and allowed open blasting to be performed in violation of the requirements of a radiation work permit and verbal instructions. Balentine’s deliberate misconduct resulted in an internal contamination event involving a painter under his supervision as well as a violation of a portion of the Browns Ferry nuclear plant license related to radiation protection.”
What was his punishment? What are the “corrective actions”? None! Just to follow instructions in the future! And, “As a result of this agreement, the NRC will not take further enforcement action against Balentine nor does the agency take any position on his suitability for employment at NRC-licensed facilities.” Shouldn’t he be held liable for the worker(s) he contaminated?
A few months later a painter was FIRED because he was concerned that they had gotten an exemption to hire less qualified painters! It took 9 years for the whistle-blower painter to get justice! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/worker-take-nuclear-safety-exemption-and-shove-it/
Browns Ferry is owned by the Federal Government (TVA)! Is the Federally owned TVA worse than privately owned utilities, or do they just get caught more frequently because they are government owned? Or are we just noticing them more frequently?
At the time, Stone and Webster belonged to Shaw, which has since merged with CBI (Chicago Bridge and Iron).