CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- Personnel changes that
shook up Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station last week were focused
around those who worked with the boric acid corrosion issue, said a
Implementation of the boric acid corrosion control program has
been highly criticized by federal regulators as one of the reasons
why a football-sized hole in the plant's reactor head was not found
The plant, owned and operated by the Akron-based company
FirstEnergy, has been shut down since February because of the
finding, and officials have set a target restart date of Dec. 7.
Officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, though, have said
they will take as long as needed to determine if the plant is safe
enough for restart.
The most recent spate of actions against employees at the plant
dealt mainly with those who worked in controlling boric acid on the
reactor head, said FirstEnergy spokesman Richard Wilkins.
"The program itself has been revamped, the one we were using over
the years was fairly typical of the industry, although in our case
the guidance for implementing it was not as clear as it should have
been," Wilkins said. "There are different people managing that
The action against employees ranged from no action, negative
evaluations, demotions, transfers and firing.
The company has two other nuclear plants around Ohio -- Perry in
Northeast Ohio and Beaver Valley on the border between Ohio and
Company officials, however, are mum about the amount of people
affected by the personnel shifts.
The most recent actions, completed last week, followed months of
personnel shifts and restructuring that has brought about 15 new
faces to the 22 top level management positions in the company.
"I don't want to say we're not going to make any more changes,"
Wilkins said cautiously, adding that most of the major changes have
already taken place. "We may decide there's more structural changes
in the organization that need to be made."