Nuclear supplier agrees to changes after cheating

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Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 09:01:06-04

ATLANTA (AP) — A parts manufacturer for two nuclear power plants has promised to better train its employees after federal investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test.

Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. agreed to make the changes as part of negotiations with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The allegations focus on CBI's factory at Lake Charles, Louisiana, which makes parts for nuclear plants being built in Georgia and South Carolina. NRC investigators say a welder at the factory took a qualification test for another welder in 2010. Authorities said a test administrator knew about the cheating but didn't intervene.

CBI has since fired those employees, increased test supervision and held staff-wide meetings on standards. A CBI spokeswoman did not return messages seeking comment.