Third licensed reactor operator at Grand Gulf tests positive for illegal drugs this year

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A licensed reactor operator at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Mississippi failed a random fitness for duty test after testing positive for illegal drugs.  At this time the employee has been restricted from accessing the plant.

This is the second event at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in the last 6 months, and third event this year  involving a licensed reactor operator failing a fitness for duty due to illegal drugs.

In April, a licensed reactor operator at Grand Gulf failed a fitness for duty test after drugs were detected.

In May of this year, a licensed reactor operator at the plant failed a for-cause fitness for duty test due to alcohol.

In July, a licensed reactor operator failed a fitness for duty test due after drugs were detected.

In September, an employee supervisor also failed a fitness for duty test because of drugs.

Source: NRC Event Notifications

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  1. Entergy should try to determine if there are underlying issues that may identify common threads, before the NRC decides on course of action. If there is any underlying/common threads, then Entergy may need to employ an independent “culture coach” who can help the workforce understand the importance of splitting atoms in an environment suited for that kind of work. No need to overkill. Find the problem(s) and fix.

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