Millstone Whistleblower Asks For Protection

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A contractor who said he was fired from Millstone Power Station after he reported a co-worker abusing narcotics in 2011 has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect whistleblowers at the nuclear plant.

The Day of New London reports  that Stephen Lavoie, an insulation contractor, raised the issue Tuesday at the NRC’s annual meeting with the Nuclear Energy Advisory Council, a state oversight panel. Lavoie said the incident involved a co-worker abusing oxycontin.

Ho Nieh, director of the division of reactor projects at the NRC, said the agency will investigate.

John Daugherty, site vice president of Millstone, said the Dominion Resources-owned plant will look into the matter. He said Millstone has a “very strong program” listening to safety concerns.

Officials also say the plant rigorously tests workers for drugs and alcohol.

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