August 27, 2008

Engineer Guilty of Nuclear Coverup

An engineer has been convicted of providing misleading information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about problems at an Ohio plant.

Andrew Siemaszko, who formerly worked for FirstEnergy Corp. at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, faces up to five years in prison, The Toledo Blade reported. A jury found him guilty Tuesday after 17 hours of deliberations.

Federal prosecutors said that Siemaszko and two co-conspirators, his supervisor David Geisen and a FirstEnergy contractor, Rodney N. Cook, misled the NRC about cracks on nozzles at the Davis-Besse plant. Geisen was convicted in October and fined, while Cook was acquitted.

The company paid a record $33.5 million fine.

One of Siemaszko's lawyers said that he had not been properly trained for his job at the plant.

Siemaszko came to the United States from Poland in the 1970s. He now lives in Spring, Texas.