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Nuclear plant operator fails drug test, barred from controls

November 16, 2017 GMT

DELTA, Pa. (AP) — A control room operator at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant has been barred from the controls after failing a drug test.

A spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station employee tested positive for a controlled substance.

The commission is investigating after being notified of the failed test last week by the plant’s owner, Exelon.

LNP newspaper reports that the operator’s access to the plant has been frozen pending further review.

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The NRC spokesman says control room operator is considered a “position of high responsibility” and failed tests are taken very seriously.

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Information from: LNP, http://lancasteronline.com