An ex-supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear plant was arrested Tuesday on charges he fabricated fuel tests on backup generators to prevent the facility from being shut down.
Daniel Wilson, 57, the Westchester County plant’s chemistry manager from 2007 to 2012, was charged in Federal Court in White Plains with two counts of violating rules of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
“Any alleged deliberate misconduct at a facility like Indian Point is a matter of grave concern to this office,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
In 2011, the NRC threatened to shut plant down because unacceptable levels of contaminants were found in tests of diesel in the emergency generators.
Wilson, of the Westchester town of Walden, submitted bogus test results in 2012 showing fuel contaminant levels had been corrected and lied about it to NRC investigators, officials said.
“When it comes to ensuring the operability of a plant’s emergency diesel generators, or any other vital nuclear safety equipment, there can be no room for anything other than employees adhering to the highest standards of integrity,” said Bill Dean, the NRC’s Region I administrator.
Wilson, who faces seven years in prison if convicted, did not return messages left at his house.Send a Letter to the Editor