The Plain Dealer reports that FirstEnergy failed a Nuclear Regulatory Commission "force on force" exercise at its Beaver Valley nuke.
Security forces at FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley power plant apparently failed part of a routine "force-on-force" exercise in April. Beaver Valley contains two reactors.
The details of the force-on-force exercise are classified and may never be made public, but the NRC earlier this month warned the company in a public letter that it was considering a citation against the company because the security failure looked significant.
The company has already said it does not believe the force-on-force exercise results revealed any weaknesses in Beaver Valley's security strategies but more reflected how the exercise was controlled.
During federal force-on-force drills, paramilitary squads, typically consisting of former military people, try to breach plant security and sabotage the reactor.
Armed with laser-type weapons, they attack at night, try to defeat plant security teams, breach walls and other barriers to invade the most protected areas of the plant, which contain the reactor, spent fuel storage and other critical equipment.
And, closer to home, a Potomac Edison publicity stunt went wrong yesterday when spokesflack Crapaud Meyers got cornered about how the WV PSC General Investigation was going.
Unfortunately, the wanna be journalists at WHAG's summer training camp turned it into a one-sided infomercial, but that didn't dampen Crapaud's enthusiasm for twitching his way through making crap up. Crapaud now says Potomac Edison is working on solving the problem, when just a few months ago, the company told the PSC that there was no problem to be solved.
Watch the video to enjoy Crapaud's newly-evident twitch. What it is that FirstEnergy does to its employees that makes them twitch like that when they lie?