Nuclear Technician At Oconee Nuclear Power Plant Tested Positived for Alcohol

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Oconee was 1 in 23,256, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.
Power Reactor Event Number: 47382
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
Notification Date: 10/27/2011
Notification Time: 15:35 [ET]
Event Date: 10/26/2011
Event Time: 20:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/27/2011
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
Person (Organization):


Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY – NON-SUPERVISORY TECHNICIAN TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOLA non-supervisory technician (vendor) had a confirmed positive test for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. Plant access for the individual involved has been terminated. Contact the Headquarters Operations Officer for additional details.

The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

The Oconee Nuclear Station is a nuclear power plant located on Lake Keowee near Seneca, South Carolina, and has an energy output capacity of over 2,500 megawatts. It is the second nuclear power plant in the United States to have its operating license extended for an additional twenty years by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (the application for the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland preceded it).

This plant has three Babcock and Wilcox pressurized water reactors, and is operated by Duke Energy.

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