Federal agency proposes $232K fine for Kansas nuclear plant

This Jan. 11, 2000, file photo shows the Wolf Creek Nuclear power plant near New Strawn, Kan., which went online in 1985. (AP Photo/Capital Journal, David Eulitt, File)

Story updated at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18:

Topeka — 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.

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

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