Read how a top U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official answered a neighbor of Davis-Besse and decide for yourself:
Mr. Tom Lenz [A neighbor of the Davis-Besse plant]:
You're talking for the safety of the plant; what
about the workers and the hours they're putting in?
I'm friends with quite a few people that work
out there, and I know some of them have been on 12
hour shifts or more and six and seven days a week
since September 11th of last year. That cannot be a
safe working environment to have these people working
those kind of hours for that length of time.
Mr. John Grobe [Chairman, Oversight Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission]:
I'm not sure what
areas your friends work in, but for any work that's
related to safety activities, whether it's a
maintenance work or a guard or an operator, we have
restrictions on the number of hours that they can
work in a day, the number of hours they can work over
several days, the number of hours they can work over
a week, and those are specifically designed to ensure
that the workers are fresh and not fatigued, and I
know the Company is also sensitive to that, and I
think just recently provided several days off for
everybody, but it is a difficult situation for the
Company, and it's going to take a lot of work to get
out of it, and that's why they have so many entry
workers on site.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company public meeting, Oak Harbor High School, September 17, 2002. Transcription by Marlene S. Rogers-Lewis & Associates reporters.