Navy: Nuclear shipyard workers got unearned credit

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 16:58:01-04

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy says hundreds of nuclear workers at a Virginia shipyard were given credit for attending training they didn't actually attend.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokesman Jeff Cunningham said Tuesday the shipyard has temporarily reassigned eight employees responsible for administering the continuing training program until the investigation is completed.

About 300 workers have had their duties restricted until it can be verified they've received the proper continuing training. That represents about 6 percent of the shipyard's nuclear workforce.

Cunningham says the shipyard was notified of the potential problem through an anonymous letter.

He says, however, that the discrepancies do not represent a failure of workers "to demonstrate qualification and competence."

The Navy says internal and external reviews haven't revealed any problems impacting the safety of workers, the public or the environment.