| Article published Saturday, April 26, 2003|
FirstEnergy restructures Davis-Besse
AKRON - The operator of the troubled
Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor has announced a major
reshuffling of management, designed specifically to address safety
concerns of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nuclear Operating Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. and
operator of Davis-Besse and two other nuclear power plants,
announced yesterday a number of reassignments and promotions that
will take effect May 5.
Randy Fast, who has been plant
manager for about a year, was named to the newly created position of
director of organizational development. Mr. Fast will focus on the
Davis-Besse restart activities, particularly all safety-culture
The Oak Harbor plant closed in February, 2002, for
routine maintenance and the next month, workers found a
football-sized hole in the carbon steel reactor head, leaving only a
thin layer of stainless steel to keep radioactive steam from
escaping the reactor. The power plant is still idle.
latest management changes - there were at least four series of
changes last year - are to address NRC concerns so that the plant
can meet its restart date of late June, company spokesman Richard
"The safety-culture issue is on the NRC’s
checklist in terms of a restart. We take that very seriously," he
said. "We wanted to move experienced people in certain places."
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