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April 12, 2004

Trusting Nuclear Plants to Cut-Rate Lawbreakers

Read this report about Wackenhut security services and its sloppy practices guarding nuclear power plants.

You'd think in the post-911 world, we'd want the best-paid, best-trained people in the world guarding nuclear materials, but...nope, we've got Wackenhut, a company that has falsified safety tests, illegally forced guards to work excessive hours, and threatened workers with termination when they tried to blow the whistle on problems in nuclear plants.

The report is by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is working to organize the workers to increase their pay and improve their working conditions. So you can read the report with that in mind, but it's worth noting that a chunk of their information comes directly from this report by the Project On Government Oversight, a general "good government" group that investigates mismanagement throughout the government.

Why are we spending hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq, yet hiring a low-rent outfit like Wackenhut to provide security at our nuclear facilities?

Update: Tim Dunlop has more here to keep you awake at night worrying about the safety of our nuclear facilities.

More: Noah Shachtman has more at his blog and from his Wired Magazine article about the security cheating done by Wackenhut at the nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, TN.

Posted by Nathan at April 12, 2004 07:06 PM