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Friday, April 11, 2008

USA: FP&L might be fined over nuclear plant security

For the second time this year, federal regulators want to fine Florida Power & Light for security violations at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant near Miami.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it is proposing a $130,000 fine, after an agency investigation revealed that half a dozen contracted security guards at the plant were found dozing on duty multiple times from 2004 to 2006, according to the commission.

FPL, the state's largest utility with 4.5 million customers, has 30 days to pay the fine or challenge it, said commission spokesman Ken Clark, adding there are no pending security issues at Turkey Point.

As part of its investigation, Clark said, the commission interviewed former employees.

"They indicated there had been instances where they were inattentive or falling asleep or where someone ... covered for them or stood watch," he said. "As you can imagine, that's not acceptable."

Dick Winn, a spokesman for FPL's nuclear division, said the company will review the commission's findings before deciding what to do.

"It's our plan to take the time allowed to work with NRC to get a better handle on the specifics of what these officers told NRC," he said.

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(Source: Sun-Sentinel.com)

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