Court Orders Release of OPPD Severance Deals

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

A single OPPD employee left the utility back in 2012 with a severance deal that amounted to more than $350,000.

The employee, David Bannister, was the Chief Nuclear Officer for OPPD. He left the company as OPPD transitioned to an outside company to operate the plant.

Court documents obtained by WOWT 6 News show that seven employees were paid a combined total of almost a million dollars.

The Electrical Workers Union had to go to court to force release of the documents. OPPD insisted the agreements were not public documents. Douglas County District Judge Mark Ashford disagreed and ordered release of the information.

OPPD has been severely criticized by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its operation of the plant. After a lengthy shut down, the utility made substantial progress and in December of last year the Federal Government gave its OK to bring the plant back online.


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