Nuclear power plant gets busted for Star Trek-themed training video

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May 23, 2013

This bizarre Trek spoof was never meant to be seen, and it isn't hard to figure out why. 

In 2010, employees at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) created a short film that was, apparently, meant to act as some kind of safety video. What makes the video so notable is that it involves several of the employees at SONGS getting dressed up as characters from Star Trek.

The video, unsurprisingly, wasn't meant to be seen by the public and hadn't even been completed. But as happens in situations like these, an unnamed employee leaked the video and now residents of Southern California are questioning just what the heck the senior employees at SONGS (some who even star in the Trek parody) were thinking.

The timing for this isn't great, either. SONGS has already received low marks from environmental activist group Friends of the Earth after a photo was published of a leaky pipe at the plant being held up with masking tape, plastic bags and broom handles.

Spokesperson for Friend of the Earth Kendra Ulrich wasn't as amused as the plant might have hoped. According to her, "The video is ridiculous and funny, but it shows how the plant's corporate culture makes light of safety issues. It focused on 'Star Trek,' not 'The Simpsons,' but we expected to see Homer Simpson in the background."

Even the Nuclear Regulatory Committee looked into the situation, but, fortunately for SONGS, they didn't take much issue. Apparently, the video was meant to emphasize three-way communication. Explains NRC spokesman Victor Dricks, "That's where an officer requests something, the person responds back saying what the request was and the first person confirms it by repeating it," adding, " "Since it was filmed in a simulator, there was no safety issue."

Our favorite part of the whole affair, though, has to be a local news anchor at KGTV who introduced the story by saying, "Nuclear power is serious business ... or is it?"

Good question -- Is nuclear power serious business? Maybe do a location shoot in Chernobyl and get back to us on that one.

(via The Huffington Post)

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