CLEVELAND - Federal authorities say nuclear plant workers in Ohio had to avoid tripping on cables and a hole in the floor when they were forced to flee during a botched removal of a radiation monitor.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a report released Thursday that inspectors found several safety violations at the Perry Nuclear Power plant during an investigation of the April 22 incident, when radiation levels rose while the plant was shutting down to refuel.
NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng says the detector had been sitting in the reactor core for about 10 months and was highly radioactive. The NRC says workers received poor instructions during the removal and failed to recognize the radiological risk.
The plant says it conducted a thorough investigation and implemented new safety procedures.