David L. Ryan/Globe staff/File 2006
A Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station control room operator didn’t pass the smell test last year. The operator couldn’t even get one.
The exam is regularly given to Pilgrim employees — via scratch-and-sniff cards — to make sure they can smell problems such as natural gas leaks, smoking equipment, or fire. But in January 2012, one worker reported that a contract medical assistant hadn’t administered the test during a routine physical.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigated. Its findings, released Wednesday, opened a window on the olfactory rules governing the nation’s nuclear facilities.
Neil Sheehan, a commission spokesman, called the smell test an important safety precaution for nuclear plants, where electrical equipment creates a risk of fire. Even the plants’ fire suppression systems require operators to have a keen sense of smell. The systems often use scented carbon dioxide to snuff flames.
“One plant uses a wintergreen scent so operators will immediately know that there’s something out of the ordinary taking place,” he said.
The commission noted the violation at Pilgrim, and plant owner Entergy Corp. of New Orleans said it “took prompt corrective actions” to administer the smell test to the operator, who passed.
Employers and developers along America’s Technology Highway are trying compete with Boston and Cambridge for the best companies and talent, by adding urban lifestyle features.Continue reading »
There are two kinds of indicators to watch: Worrisome economic trends and excessive optimism. It’s not hard to spot both right now.Continue reading »
The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’Continue reading »
Comcast’s Lauren Bonsignore is bringing change to a profession that’s still dominated by men.Continue reading »
This week’s events include: learning how storytelling can help with personal branding, and how to better use networking as a business strategy.Continue reading »
Tesla’s boss said that he’s held meetings with a Saudi fund that expressed an eagerness to help him take the company private.Continue reading »
The case has divided Asian Americans. Some of us want to keep affirmative action to ensure diverse campuses. Others say race-blind policies ensure Asian American applicants don’t experience bias.Continue reading »
Goldman Sachs was not to blame for the multimillion dollar loss owners of Dragon Systems Inc. incurred after selling their company to a firm that collapsed, a jury found.Continue reading »
The 4½-mile loop along the Charles is increasingly popular among venture capitalists, biopharma employees, and others in biotechnology in and around Kendall Square.Continue reading »