June 13, 2006 | Mark Paradies

Natures Unexpected Hazards


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There are hazards in the workplace … but some are rather unexpected.

Should we implement a wildlife audit to find and remove all the unexpected hazards at this plant?

I still remember the raccoon that started a multi-million dollar plant upset, environmental release, and fire at a refinery. [The plant operators were feeding the raccoons because they thought they were cute and the raccoons (when supplied with an unlimited food supply) were breeding like crazy. It was just a matter of time until something bad happened.]

Do you have any good wildlife incident photos or stories to tell? Forward them to me at info@taproot.com.

For a complete set of slides from a talk given by NRC Commissioner Peter Lyons on May 29, 2006, about improvements to the US NRC’s operating experience program, see:




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