Utility skirts on Miami nuke plant safety

TURKEY POINT, Fla. (AP) - A former top operator at a nuclear power plant outside Miami says he resigned because managers restarted the reactor in an unsafe manner.

David Hoffman says in court documents that after the Feb. 26, 2008, outage, Florida Power & Light executives ordered that the reactors be back online within 12 hours. Hoffman told the executives that would be dangerous.

He heatedly resigned that night, writing that FPL was constantly putting cost ahead of safety. He wrote that employees were being "treated like equipment and numbers."

The utility said the Turkey Point reactor is operated safely and denied Hoffman's allegations. The company is suing Hoffman to collect a $50,000 bonus it paid him to stay at the company until 2010. Hoffman filed his documents in response.


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