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Operator suspended at Va nuclear plant

Monday - 10/21/2013, 3:30pm  ET

SURRY, Va. (AP) -- A control room operator at Dominion Virginia Power's nuclear power plant in Surry has been suspended after testing positive for alcohol.

Spokesman Rick Zuercher says the employee was tested on Saturday before beginning his shift at the facility 17 miles northwest of Newport News. The employee is now awaiting a final review of his case.

Over the weekend, the Richmond-based energy provider shut down one of the units at the facility for a scheduled refueling.

Zuercher says the employee was tested after he didn't show up for scheduled shift and that he had had a previous issue with alcohol.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is reviewing the incident to see whether all procedures were followed and review the employee's license with the agency.

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