For Immediate Release
Contact: Marthena Cowart or Peter Stockton (202) 347-1122

September 28, 2007

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

Washington, D.C. -- 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 an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government.