NRC warns PSE&G over contractor firing of whistleblower

NRC PSE&G contractor fired whistleblower Robert Scull Wackenhut Corp G4s Security Solutions Hope Creek Salem nuclear power plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter Friday to PSE&G in response to the news a contractor at one of its nuclear plants was fired because he intended to bring safety concerns to the NRC.

The NRC stated that it learned of the incident in a newspaper article about the case, in which the employee, Robert Scull, a former security contractor at the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear plants, was fired by the Wackenhut Corp. (now G4s Security Solutions), “in retaliation for engaging in a protected activity by raising concerns regarding an ATL (Assistant Team Leader) staffing practice he reasonably believed violated a federal law [NRC regulation].”  A jury awarded Scull $400,000.

Though PSE&G was not party to the case, the NRC said PSE&G “is responsible and accountable for the actions of its contractors when engaged in NRC regulated activities.” The NRC asked the company to detail what steps it was taking to ensure that the termination didn’t create a chilling effect on other potential whistleblowers.

In a statement, PSE&G said, “We are taking this opportunity to once again reinforce the nuclear safety culture expectations with our employees and leadership.”

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