News has been bouncing around the media all week about activists who made their way into the Y12 nuclear facility at Oak Ridge National Lab earlier in the week. A small group of activists including an 82 year old nun foiling security at one of the nation’s nuclear bomb facilities has many worried about terrorism risks. Now focus is turning to the security contractor G4S and how this could have happened. Work has been halted. It also came out that the Senate wants to scale back security reporting at the lab.
Some quick research turned up that this is not the first controversial case of security failures by this contractor at Oak Ridge and other US nuclear facilities.
Subsidary Wackenhut had a number of failures in the US:
Cheating on an anti-terrorism drill at a nuclear site.
Poor performance on the same drill at another site.
Violations of weapons inventory & handling policies
Managers showing new hires places on site at a nuclear facility where they could take naps
Short changing employees at nuclear facilities and other government sites
Nuclear reactor owner Exelon fired Wackenhut after finding guards sleeping on duty at nuclear plants
January 2012 guard sleeping on job at Oak Ridge and having an unauthorized cell phone in a high security area
G4S was also publicly criticized after they lost 7 prisoners in the first 4 days of a security contract to move prisoners for the UK government. The same security company is under fire for their failures in providing security for the London Olympics including sending teenage girls to work as over night security guards.
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