Vermont Yankee supervisor fails alcohol test
By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Report • September 2, 2009
A supervisor on duty at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon tested positive for alcohol Monday and has had his access to the facility revoked, according to a spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, the plant’s operator.
The incident was made public in a posting on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Web site Tuesday morning.
Larry Smith, the Entergy spokesman, said the employee was a supervisor in the maintenance department for the facility. The 100-person department handles maintenance of the plant’s electrical and instrument-control equipment and other duties.
“He was not a licensed operator,” Smith said. A licensed operator is someone who works in the plant’s control room.
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