Local plants may be impacted by government shutdown
POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:34pm
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (NBC33) — The partial shutdown of the federal government is about to hit the people who keep an eye on the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power plants.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it expects to furlough almost 4,000 employees at the close of business on Thursday if no deal is struck. They will retain only 300 essential personnel.
That's not sitting well with people who live near two of these plants in Louisiana.
In St. Francisville, The River Bend Nuclear Station, a 3,000 plus acre site, puts out nearly 10 percent of all the energy in the state and employs almost 700 people, only two of which are employed by the NRC.
"I don't think with the government shutting down that it should affect everyday working people like that,” said St. Francisville resident Mike Woods. “When people lose their jobs like that, I mean, they have nowhere else to turn.”
"I hate to see anybody get knocked out of a job, but they've got to do something with this government,” stated plant employee Bo Garig. “The way they’re wasting and spending money – there are too many freebies."
Entergy says the safe operations at the River Bend Plant will not be affected. The NRC says the two inspectors at the site will continue to work through the furlough.