Daniel Wilson, a former chemistry manager at Indian Point, the nuclear power plant closest to New York City, was ordered to serve 18 months of probation for faking test results to hide regulatory violations.
U.S. District Judge Nelson Roman in White Plains, New York, sentenced Wilson today and fined him $500. Wilson pleaded guilty in October to a count of engaging in deliberate misconduct in connection with a matter regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Wilson, a supervisor at the facility from 2007 to 2012 and an employee there for at least 30 years, fabricated records to conceal a regulatory violation so the plant in Buchanan, New York, about 38 miles (61 kilometers) north of New York City, wouldn’t have to shut down, prosecutors in the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
In advance of an inspection by the commission, plant officials conducted tests and determined that the fuel supply of the facility’s emergency generators contained too much particulate matter, in violation of federal regulations, the U.S. said.
“Wilson’s criminal conduct includes lying about Indian Point’s emergency generators’ fuel supply and then attempting to cover up his lies,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Allee said. “In light of the grave urgency attendant both to Indian Point’s proper functioning during emergencies and its compliance and forthrightness with the NRC, Wilson’s criminal conduct is troubling.”
After Wilson learned officials were making further inquiries, he faked test results purporting to show that Indian Point had retested the diesel fuel with tolerable results, the U.S. said. He also admitted entering a phony report into the facility’s computer data base. The fabrication was later uncovered after an engineer at the facility determined that the purported re-testing hadn’t occurred, the U.S. said.
The case is U.S. v. Wilson, 13-cr-00798, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (White Plains).