October 23, 2007 | Mark Paradies

SPAC NOT USED – ENFORCEMENT NI – 6 Sailors Aboard USS Hampton Punished for Falsifying Nuclear Reactor Chemistry Records

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How do six sailors give the entire Nuclear Navy a black eye? Simple … Falsify the results of required chemistry checks for a nuclear reactor. And do it not just once or twice … but for an entire month.

The negative press reports appeared all over:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NAVY_NUCLEAR_PROBE?SITE=CAVIC&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-10-22-11-38-27

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21418417/

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,303861,00.html

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/10/22/ap4246036.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003967171_webnukesub22.html

I spent 7 years in the Nuclear Navy (back in the late 70’s and early 80’s). I find the idea of not sampling the reactor chemistry for a month … amazing!  Admiral Rickover is probably spinning in his grave!

From the story it sounds like they were somehow caught during their ORSE (Operational Reactor Safeguards Exam). Surely this resulted in a failed ORSE. The Commanding Officer and Engineer will be looking for new jobs (probably outside the Navy – their naval careers are ruined).

Once again, if lax enforcement of standards (especially sampling of reactor chemistry) can happen in the Nuclear Navy … poor enforcement of SPAC can happen anyplace.

What are you doing to enforce important policies?

Are you just using late-uncertain-negatives?

Have you tried soon-certain-positives?

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