York, PA -The owner of a company that repairs and provides equipment for nuclear power plants has pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false statements after the company shipped a steam leak detection monitor to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.
The monitor Pentas Controls shipped to Peach Bottom belonged to another power plant, according to court documents.
In 2010, Kevin A. Doyle, owner of Pentas Controls in Arizona, directed one of his employees to switch a broken display on a Peach Bottom monitor with a working unit from the Brunswick Nuclear plant in North Carolina, said Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Before the monitor left Arizona for Peach Bottom, a Pentas Controls employee filed down the serial number on the substitute display to conceal its identity — an NRC violation, according to a commission investigation and U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo in Arizona.
Efforts to reach Doyle on Thursday were unsuccessful.
On March 15, 2011, Doyle made false statements to federal officials by repeatedly denying that the un-repairable Peach Bottom display had been substituted with a working unit from the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Leonardo’s office said in news release.
Sheehan said it was a matter of timing that led to Doyle’s decision to swap the monitors.
Pentas was required to return the monitor that it received for Peach Bottom back to the plant in a specific period of time, Sheehan said.