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Regional News | Article published Saturday, April 26, 2003
FirstEnergy restructures Davis-Besse management

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.

FirstEnergy 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 issues.

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.

The 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 Wilkins said.

"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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