Halted work at Vogtle resumes

Construction halted last month at Plant Vogtle over questions related to worker background checks resumed Tuesday after clearance to proceed was given from Southern Nuclear.


“This morning Southern released Shaw to restart backfill operations at Plant Vogtle,” Gentry Brann, a spokeswoman for main contractor Shaw Group, said in an e-mail. “We are working now on any required testing to ensure we restart in a safe and controlled manner.”

Work was halted in early July after an internal audit found that certain parts of background checks were not documented in writing.

Shaw Group officials determined a “fitness-for-duty exam” questionnaire, which allows po­tential employees to reveal information such as past or current substance abuse, was completed orally and should have been done in writing.

The decision to halt work to correct the matter was voluntary. Workers handled other tasks in the meantime.

The work now permitted to resume involves backfilling 90-foot holes with special-strength soil up to 40 feet. Once filled, they will provide a foundation for nuclear reactors.



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