Wolf Creek nuclear company improves work environment

 Wolf Creek nuclear company improves work environment

Caption: Wolf Creek nuclear power plant

Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. (WCNOC) officials have reportedly addressed safety conscious work environment concerns at a Kansas nuclear power plant.
 
In August 2013, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sent a chilling effect letter to WCNOC following two safety culture concerns at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. First, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued a discrimination finding to contractor Enercon for firing a worker who raised concerns with how work was being performed at the plant. Second, NRC found that a chilled work environment existed within the plant’s quality assurance group that performs audits of safety-related work. A chilled work environment is one in which workers are hesitant to raise safety concerns for fear of retaliation.
 
In January and February 2015, NRC inspectors reviewed Wolf Creek’s corrective actions and interviewed employees and found that new site-wide programs were successful in improving the work environment. NRC also sent a letter to Enercon saying the company had successfully implemented corrective actions.
 
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