VT Yankee worker restricted after positive alcohol test

09/02/09 8:56AM

A supervisor at Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has been barred from restricted areas of the plant after testing positive for alcohol.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the unidentified supervisor's unescorted access to the plant was revoked Monday after a random test found alcohol in the person's blood.

Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith says the supervisor will have a chance to get help from the company's employee assistance program.

Under federal rules, a first offense - meaning a positive finding in a test for alcohol or other drugs - means a two-week suspension of access to the plant.

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