Report details Vogtle vendor drug screens

Contractors and vendors working at Plant Vogtle are at least as likely to undergo random drug and alcohol screenings as permanent employees, according to a Southern Nuclear Operating Co. report of 2010 test activities.

The “fitness for duty” report, filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, said 289 pre-access screenings and 612 random at-work screenings were administered to employees of the licensee—Southern Nuclear—among an average pool of 1,071 workers. Of those, 69 were given followup tests.

Among contractors and vendors using the site, 1,435 pre-access tests and 315 at-work screenings were administered, although the average eligible population of such temporary workers was just 644. Among those tested, 61 were given followup tests.

Among the total average worker pool of 1,715, the company reported a random testing percentage of 53.9 and reported 20 pre-access and two followup screenings that were positive, altered, had substituted test material or involved workers who refused to take the test.

Anyone with “unescorted access” to the nuclear power site is eligible for the tests, which screen for alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates and PCP.

The report, filed through the commission’s Performance Data Reporting Program, covers only employees associated with Units 1 and 2, and does not include workers at the construction site where the company is planning to add two additional units.

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