Honeywell ordered to change policies after NRC investigation

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After investigating a 2012 wrongful termination incident at the Honeywell Metropolis facility, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ordered the company to change its policies for reporting employee and safety concerns.

The NRC Office of Investigations (OI) began an investigation on May 29th, 2013 that revealed a contract laundry employee of Bluestone LLC was terminated after notifying Honeywell and Bluestone of smelling alcohol on the breath of a supervisor on duty.

Once the NRC had finished its investigation on May 15th, 2014, regulators found an apparent violation of federal regulations related to employee protection (10 CFR 40.7).

On September 26th, 2014, the NRC notified Honeywell of the apparent violation and offered three for the company, to respond in writing, to attend a pre-decisional enforcement meeting, or to request the matter to be solved through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.

Honeywell elected for the matter to be resolved by the ADR process.  In December 2014, the two sides came to an agreement through mediation that Honeywell would implement corrective actions that the NRC would issue and in return the NRC wouldn’t impose a Notice of Violation or civil penalty on the licensee.

Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

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