Contractors in Monticello, the report says, didn’t follow testing protocol on casks holding nuclear waste.
Federal investigators have accused two former contract employees for Xcel Energy Inc. of willfully violating procedures and falsifying reports about safety-related tests of casks filled with high-level nuclear waste stored at the Monticello, Minn., nuclear power plant.
Both of the unnamed technicians were testing for cracks on welds sealing the lids on six casks that had been filled with highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel rods. Test procedures called for placing dye on the welds for 10 to 15 minutes and then looking for cracks.
By David Shaffer Star Tribune – JULY 27, 2015 — 9:20PM – Read Story – http://www.startribune.com/feds-allege-xcel-contractors-falsified-weld-tests-at-monticello-nuclear-plant/318734611/