Fine proposed for eastern Kansas nuclear plant

Wolf Creek accused of retaliating against employee
Fine proposed for eastern Kansas nuclear plant

Federal regulators have proposed fining the nuclear power plant in eastern Kansas over what regulators say was retaliation against an employee reporting a possible safety issue.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that it found the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation violated federal regulations and proposed a fined of $232,000

The Wolf Creek plant is in the Coffey County town of Burlington. It’s the only nuclear plant in Kansas.

The NRC said that during a fall 2016 refueling outage at the plant, a contract employee reported a safety concern. The NRC said the employee was placed on paid administrative leave.

Wolf Creek said it has refined its reviews of personnel actions and has taken steps to ensure that employees are encouraged to report safety concerns and remain protected when they do.

The NRC said Wolf Creek has 30 days to dispute the fine or seek mediation.