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POGO Urges NRC to Approve New Protections for Power Plant Security Officers; Long-overdue Rules Acknowledge the Role of Worker Fatigue
March 12, 2007

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) last week urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to implement a set of proposed rules that will help increase nuclear power plant safety.



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NRC Chair Jaczko responds to POGO's request for action in response to the IG investigation of Merrifield
Gregory B. Jaczko, Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
November 30, 2009 

Letter to POGO from NRC regarding POGO's March 5, 2008 letter
Bruce S. Mallett, Deputy Executive Director for Reactor and Preparedness Programs, Office of the Executive Director for Operations, NRC
April 22, 2008 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Fitness for Duty Programs; Final Rule
, Federal Register (Volume 73, Number 62), Rules and Regulations, Page 16965-17014. DOCID:fr31mr08-14
March 31, 2008 

NRC's Richard Urban letter to Peter Stockton regarding Peach Bottom security
Richard Urban, Senior Allegation Coordinator, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
February 26, 2008 

Commissioner Dale Klein's response to POGO's October 31, 2007 letter
Commissioner Dale Klein, Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC
December 17, 2007 

Letter to NRC Region I Administrator Samuel Collins from UCS
David Lochbaum, Director of Nuclear Safety , Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS)
November 9, 2007 

NRC response to POGO concerns regarding Research and Test Reactors, special nuclear materials in RTRs, and irradiators
Glenn M. Tracy, Director, Division of Nuclear Security, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
March 3, 2005 

NRC response to POGO's concerns about security of NRC-regulated facilities
Gregory Owalina, Senior Allegations Coordinator, Plant Support Branch, Division of Inspection Program Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
November 9, 2004 

NRC Letter to POGO regarding Nuclear Energy Institute's decision to hire Wackenhut
Luis Reyes, Executive Director for Operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
September 30, 2004 

Vulnerability of nuclear power plant spent fuel pools to terrorist attack
Peter D.H. Stockton, Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
May 10, 2004 

Reps. Markey & Dingell send letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Committee on Energy & Commerce
March 4, 2004 

NRC Commissioner Nils J. Diaz Letter responding to POGO's concerns about nuclear power plant security.
Nils J. Diaz, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
February 6, 2004 

NRC announces a ublic hearing on the Worker Fatigue Rule
Chris Nolan, Acting Chief, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
January 10, 2003 

Senator Clinton Calls on Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Review Security Guard Issues
Senator Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senate
December 10, 2002 


POGO in the News

Building a Nuclear Power Plant on a Fault Still Not a Great Idea, Kate SheppardMother Jones, November 3, 2011 

Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry, Tom Zeller Jr.The New York Times, May 7, 2011 

Senate confirms three nuclear power regulators, By Ben GemanThe Hill, March 19, 2010 

Obama nuke commission choice tells Senate he’s independent, By Ben GemanThe Hill, February 9, 2010 

Metldown, USA: Nuclear Drive Trumps Safety Risks & High Costs, By Art, January 6, 2010 

Concerns Raised Over Terrorism Threat to Nuclear Plants, Global Security Newswire By The Journal Group, November 12, 2009 

The threat of nuclear meltdown, By Steve, November 12, 2009 

Coziness between regulators and business laid bare, By Timothy CarneyThe Washington Examiner, October 30, 2009 

Bush Nuclear Regulator Contacted Potential Employers With Business Before Agency, By Zachary RothTalking Points Memo, October 29, 2009 

Nuclear regulator broke rules, says inspector general, By Steven MufsonThe Washington Post, October 29, 2009 

Boos as Obama taps Yucca supporter, By Stephanie TavaresLas Vegas Sun, October 21, 2009 

TVA whistle-blowers contacted by feds, By Anne PaineThe Tennessean, September 26, 2009 

POGO Points To NRC Ethics Probe Into Ex-Commissioner, By George LobenzEnergy Daily, July 14, 2009 

NRC Deadlocks On Tougher Nuke Security Standard, By Jeff BeattieEnergy Daily, February 5, 2009 

Sleeping Security Guards Cost Nuclear Plant $65,000, By Angela Hill The Blotter from Brian Ross, ABC News (Online), January 8, 2009 

Feds Fine Nuke Plant Operator $65K over Guard Naps, The Associated Press, January 7, 2009 

TVA guard falsified records, By Dave FlessnerChattanooga Times Free , January 7, 2009 

TVA whistle-blowers contacted by feds, By Anne PaineThe Tennessean, September 21, 2008 

NRC broke rules in plant inquiry, report says, By Gary LentonThe Patriot-News, September 9, 2008 

Tennessee Valley Authority cuts contract for nuclear security, By Dave FlessnerChattanooga Times Free Press, September 3, 2008 

POGO praises NRC work at MOX plant, Inside NRC, September 1, 2008 

The Nuclear Option, By Judith LewisMother Jones - May/June 2008 Issue, May 1, 2008 

The Nuclear Option, by Judith LewisMother Jones - May/June 2008 Issue, May 1, 2008 

What Nuclear Renaissance?, By Christian ParentiThe Nation [This article appeared in the May 12, 2008 edition of The Nation.], April 24, 2008 

Inside The Beltway, By John McCaslinThe Washington Times, April 4, 2008 

Executive Resigns in Storm Over Sleeping Guards, By Steven MufsonThe Washington Post, January 10, 2008 

Nuclear plants' security is fired , By Dave Carpenter, Associated PressTulsa World, December 15, 2007 

Exelon fires Wackenhut as nuclear plant security after incidents, The Canadian Press, December 14, 2007 

NRC Strengthening Whistle Blower Protections, Power Market Today (by Intelligence Press) , November 15, 2007 

Jaczko calls for changes in process for responding to allegations, By Daniel HornerInside NRC (by Platts), November 12, 2007 

Follow-up inspection, IG investigation of Peach Bottom security under way, by Steven Dolley and Daniel HornerInside NRC (by Platts), November 12, 2007 

Asleep At The Power Plant, Sharyl AttkissonCBS News, November 2, 2007 

Peach Bottom whistle-blower fired, by Matthew SantoniThe Examiner, November 1, 2007 

Peach Bottom whistleblower says guards' napping is widespread problem, by Steven Dolley Inside NRC, October 29, 2007 

Sleeping guards at Peach Bottom prompt investigation by nuclear regulators, by Michael, October 5, 2007 

Wackenhut nuclear security reported asleep at the switch, by Jo-Ann MortOnline Journal, September 26, 2007 

Nuclear Utilities Redefine One Word to Bulldoze for New Plants, by Elliot Blair,, September 25, 2007 

Wackenhut Nuclear Security Reported Asleep At Peach Bottom Switch, The Post Chronicle, September 21, 2007 

College nukes a 'disaster' next door? How the rules don't apply to the reactor in your city, By Beverly Ford,, May 14, 2007 

Overtime bears risk, guards at TMI fear, By Garry LentonPatriot-News, February 5, 2007 

Analysis: Nuke security B+ hard to qualify, By Ben LandoUnited Press International, September 22, 2006 

Security at nuke plants still debated, By Kathy StevensYork Dispatch, September 13, 2006 

Security for Plymouth nuclear plant to be brought in house, The Boston Globe, August 30, 2006 

Security shift at Pilgrim Guards' employer agrees to change, By Robert KnoxThe Boston Globe, August 24, 2006 

Lapse allows guns into Tennessee nuke plant, By Ben Lando and Donna BorakUnited Press International (UPI), August 17, 2006 

Bush: More nuclear power will reduce greenhouse gas, By Tabassum Zakaria Reuters, May 24, 2006 

Responsibility for Defending Nuclear Plants Is Debated, By Matthew L. Wald The New York Times, April 5, 2006 

Official at nuclear power station alleges retaliation, By Bryan BenderBoston Globe, March 1, 2006 

Report Profiles Nuclear-Plant Attackers, Wires, February 23, 2006 

Loose Nukes on Main Street, With Brian RossABC News Nightline, October 12, 2005 

Securing the Reactors, Nils Diaz, NRC ChairmanTime Magazine, July 11, 2005 

Are These Towers Safe?, By Mark ThompsonTime Magazine, June 20, 2005 

America ’s Security Risks: Nuclear Power Plants, With Bill TuckerCNN, February 9, 2005 

Nuclear Plant Safety after 9/11, With David Brancaccio PBS Now, January 14, 2005 

Conflict of interest may hurt nuke security, With Lisa MeyersNBC Nightly News, September 8, 2004 

Battle Swirls On Security At A-Plants, By Matthew L. WaldThe New York Times, August 6, 2004 

Whistling in the Dark, By Danielle, October 9, 2003 

Flaws Found In Nuke Safety Drills, Associated PressCBS News, September 25, 2003 

Group Says Test of Nuclear Plant's Security Was Too Easy, By Matt WaldNew York Times, September 16, 2003 

Nuclear plant security is under the gun, By Greg GordonStar Tribune, May 11, 2003 

Nuke plants avoid costly new edicts, By Jim MorrisDallas Morning News, May 4, 2003 

China Syndrome 2003, By Rene ChunPlayboy Magazine, May 1, 2003 

Guards at Nuclear Plants Feel Swamped By Overtime Deluge in the Wake of 9/11 , By Matthew L. WaldNew York Times, October 20, 2002 

Government Reviews Security at Potential Terror Targets, With John GibsonThe Big Story with John Gibson, Fox News, October 11, 2002 

Nuclear Plant Safeguards, EditorialLos Angeles Times, September 16, 2002 

Nuke Nightmare: Homeland Security not inspiring confidence, EditorialHouston Chronicle, September 14, 2002 

Time Special Report: How Safe Now?, By Romesh RatnesarTime Magazine, May 27, 2002 

Time: Special Report: How Safe Are We Now?, By Romesh RatnesarTime Magazine, May 27, 2002