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Local Companies | Article published September 20, 2002
Changes, dismissals occur at Davis-Besse

By KELLY LECKER
BLADE STAFF WRITER


OAK HARBOR, Ohio — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. has made several personnel changes — including dismissing some people — in response to the problem with the corroded reactor head at Davis-Besse nuclear power plant.

FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Schneider confirmed there had been an evaluation and steps had been taken in recent days ranging from “no action to negative evaluations, demotions, transfers, and some separations from the company.”

Mr. Schneider refused to say how many people have been dismissed or changed jobs, and would not release the names of workers involved. He said some managers and some staff members were involved, and not all left the company.

“We conducted a thorough investigation on employees’ involvement with the reactor head problem at Davis-Besse,” he said. “We need to make sure we have the right people with the right skills.”

Davis-Besse has been closed since February. In March, 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 Nuclear Regulatory Commission convened an oversight panel to look into what led to the boric acid corrosion and to make sure the problems are fixed before the nuclear plant is restarted.

Much of the discussion in the oversight review meetings with federal regulators has focused on management of the plant. FirstEnergy officials have outlined how managers were rarely in the plant, set standards where boric acid leaks and other problems were acceptable, and put costs and production before safety.

Mr. Schneider said most of the personnel changes stemming from the reactor head corrosion problem have been completed, including those involving most management positions. While some jobs have been changed, no one has been hired as part of the personnel changes.


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