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Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?

 
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Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
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Ten new operators were tested last spring, but only three applicants passed both the operating test and the written examination and received licenses, according to NRC records.

“Normally, you see a passing rate of 80 to 90 percent,” said NRC spokesman Joey Ledford.

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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Oh now I know why - (joke, but this shows the beginning of a pattern of behaviors)

Drug screens bar 80 workers from Vogtle site

Eighty contract workers were denied access to — or evicted from — Plant Vogtle after failing drug tests during 2011, according to reports filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

According to the individual reports, which did not name the workers involved, the failed tests during 2011 included positive results for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. Workers who refused to submit to a test were counted among those who failed — and were permanently denied access to the site.

Source - [link to chronicle.augusta.com]
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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Probably because the training isn't as rigorous as it should be.

Or maybe they're hiring redneck meth addicts who can't pay attention, even if you pay them.
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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Probably because the training isn't as rigorous as it should be.

Or maybe they're hiring redneck meth addicts who can't pay attention, even if you pay them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 373696


Interesting you bring the locals into it.

[link to www.thegrio.com]

"Environmental racism occurs when hazardous industries and facilities are placed in and near poor, minority communities. Because the resultant pollution from such installations is a cost usually paid by the immediate environment and community affected, the fall out of environmental racism is the localization of those costs in areas with the least political clout.

But some residents are asking, if nuclear reactors are really economic shots in the arm, why is Burke County still one of the poorest corners of the state a quarter century after Southern Company brought its first pair of local reactors online in 1987?

They also want to know:

If the old and new reactors will be safe, why won't Southern Company or the federal government pay to monitor radiation levels in Burke County?

And most of all, why are cancer rates more than 50 percent higher in communities near existing reactors, according to the Centers for Disease Control?

"We don't have the best educations, but we can read and we can count," continues Stephens regarding her observations. "We know that since 2004 there has been no testing of our water, soil or air for radiation.

We drink the water, we bathe in it and wash dishes and clothes in it. We know every family has cancer... and that can't be normal, that can't be right. We know way too many are sick with cancer and we know why. But we can't prove it absolutely, because nobody will test the local air or water or anything else for the radiation we know is there.

"We've had meetings and protests and lots of promises and more meetings," Stephens said."

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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Probably because the training isn't as rigorous as it should be.

Or maybe they're hiring redneck meth addicts who can't pay attention, even if you pay them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 373696


Interesting you bring the locals into it.

[link to www.thegrio.com]

"Environmental racism occurs when hazardous industries and facilities are placed in and near poor, minority communities. Because the resultant pollution from such installations is a cost usually paid by the immediate environment and community affected, the fall out of environmental racism is the localization of those costs in areas with the least political clout.

But some residents are asking, if nuclear reactors are really economic shots in the arm, why is Burke County still one of the poorest corners of the state a quarter century after Southern Company brought its first pair of local reactors online in 1987?

They also want to know:

If the old and new reactors will be safe, why won't Southern Company or the federal government pay to monitor radiation levels in Burke County?

And most of all, why are cancer rates more than 50 percent higher in communities near existing reactors, according to the Centers for Disease Control?

"We don't have the best educations, but we can read and we can count," continues Stephens regarding her observations. "We know that since 2004 there has been no testing of our water, soil or air for radiation.

We drink the water, we bathe in it and wash dishes and clothes in it. We know every family has cancer... and that can't be normal, that can't be right. We know way too many are sick with cancer and we know why. But we can't prove it absolutely, because nobody will test the local air or water or anything else for the radiation we know is there.

"We've had meetings and protests and lots of promises and more meetings," Stephens said."
 Quoting: thebluestlight


Interesting questions which I can't begin to answer.

Typically reactors pollute a lot less than a coal or gas fired power plant, as emissions are closely monitored at reactors, and allowed effluent levels are very low.

The reactor operators are required to test the air, water, local crops, etc for radioactive material, and usually find nothing, but that never satisfies anti-nuke activists, no matter how rigorous the testing is.

Just sayin'.
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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Oh now I know why - (joke, but this shows the beginning of a pattern of behaviors)

Drug screens bar 80 workers from Vogtle site

Eighty contract workers were denied access to — or evicted from — Plant Vogtle after failing drug tests during 2011, according to reports filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

According to the individual reports, which did not name the workers involved, the failed tests during 2011 included positive results for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. Workers who refused to submit to a test were counted among those who failed — and were permanently denied access to the site.

Source - [link to chronicle.augusta.com]
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I swear it was the poppy seeds on my burger!!!!
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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Probably because the training isn't as rigorous as it should be.

Or maybe they're hiring redneck meth addicts who can't pay attention, even if you pay them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 373696


Interesting you bring the locals into it.

[link to www.thegrio.com]

"Environmental racism occurs when hazardous industries and facilities are placed in and near poor, minority communities. Because the resultant pollution from such installations is a cost usually paid by the immediate environment and community affected, the fall out of environmental racism is the localization of those costs in areas with the least political clout.

But some residents are asking, if nuclear reactors are really economic shots in the arm, why is Burke County still one of the poorest corners of the state a quarter century after Southern Company brought its first pair of local reactors online in 1987?

They also want to know:

If the old and new reactors will be safe, why won't Southern Company or the federal government pay to monitor radiation levels in Burke County?

And most of all, why are cancer rates more than 50 percent higher in communities near existing reactors, according to the Centers for Disease Control?

"We don't have the best educations, but we can read and we can count," continues Stephens regarding her observations. "We know that since 2004 there has been no testing of our water, soil or air for radiation.

We drink the water, we bathe in it and wash dishes and clothes in it. We know every family has cancer... and that can't be normal, that can't be right. We know way too many are sick with cancer and we know why. But we can't prove it absolutely, because nobody will test the local air or water or anything else for the radiation we know is there.

"We've had meetings and protests and lots of promises and more meetings," Stephens said."
 Quoting: thebluestlight


Interesting questions which I can't begin to answer.

Typically reactors pollute a lot less than a coal or gas fired power plant, as emissions are closely monitored at reactors, and allowed effluent levels are very low.

The reactor operators are required to test the air, water, local crops, etc for radioactive material, and usually find nothing, but that never satisfies anti-nuke activists, no matter how rigorous the testing is.

Just sayin'.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 373696


Thats the problem, the job of checking and looking for problems is too often left in the hands of those with an interest or benefit from finding nothing.

The regulator has gone native - ie they see the side of the industry but never the side of the public.
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Re: Why are unusually high numbers of reactor operators failing licensing tests at Plant Vogtle?
Oh now I know why - (joke, but this shows the beginning of a pattern of behaviors)

Drug screens bar 80 workers from Vogtle site

Eighty contract workers were denied access to — or evicted from — Plant Vogtle after failing drug tests during 2011, according to reports filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

According to the individual reports, which did not name the workers involved, the failed tests during 2011 included positive results for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. Workers who refused to submit to a test were counted among those who failed — and were permanently denied access to the site.

Source - [link to chronicle.augusta.com]
 Quoting: thebluestlight


I swear it was the poppy seeds on my burger!!!!
 Quoting: GeekOfTheWeek


I heard there was a problem with that in Georgia, why didn't I think of that first





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