Federal agency proposes $232K fine for Kansas nuclear plant

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing to fine the operators of Kansas’ only nuclear power plant $232,000 over what regulators say was retaliation against an employee who reported a possible safety issue.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that it found the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. violated federal regulations. The Wolf Creek plant is 55 miles south of Topeka.

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

A corporation spokesman did not immediately return telephone and email messages seeking comment. The NRC said the corporation disputed that a violation had occurred.

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

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