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Security Warnings Ignored at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant; March 2007 Letter Warned of Sleeping Guards

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September 28, 2007

Today in a letter to Chairman Dale Klein of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), strongly suggested that NRC Region I personnel be excluded from investigations into security problems at Peach Bottom.

POGO cites a March 2007 letter in which a former employee at Peach Bottom attempted to warn the NRC about sleeping officers and excessive overtime, which are the focus of controversy this week. According to the letter, NRC’s Region I “has repeatedly ignored such warnings from security officers.” Follow the link to view a copy of the letter.

A 2002 report by POGO “Nuclear Power Plant Security: Voices from Inside the Fences” reported that security guards at the nation’s nuclear power plants were being excessively overworked post 9/11, leading to fatigue and inability to perform. 

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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