The Office of the Inspector General conducted a review of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Chemistry/Environmental (Chemistry) organization to identify factors that could impact WBN Chemistry’s organizational effectiveness. Our report identified behavioral risks that could have a negative impact on WBN Chemistry’s effectiveness, including those related to (1) interactions with certain management and (2) relationships between employees. We also identified operational risks that could hinder WBN Chemistry’s ability to execute its responsibilities and support Nuclear’s vision and core principles. These risks were comprised of (1) perceptions of inadequate qualified and/or experienced technicians and turnover in Nuclear Chemistry and (2) concerns with the technician training program. In addition, based on feedback received from other WBN organizations, we corroborated concerns about WBN Chemistry’s staffing and personnel knowledge.
Thursday, September 3, 2020
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