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I live in Coal City, IL, a handful of miles South of the first Commercial Nuclear Power Station. I was in late grade school when it started. That first one is decommissioned. But Units 2 & 3 are still performing. Then on Sunday a friend sent me this article from a police report an hour North of us. This man, living blocks from me but not know by me, did something that has no connection with reality.  And he has his hands on a Nuclear Reactor.  I am 65, and for the first time afraid even though I have been very close to the people working their over the years. I have been active making sure issues were public and at times defended the power company at Public Meetings for fairness.  I was a contractor for them on outside work for decades and was fully versed on safety, control and access to the site let alone the building itself.

Please let me know if my fear is warranted.

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  •  I forgot.... (3+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, kbman, Joieau

    When you get to the newspaper link, click on the tab for "Article" to read the details.  Sorry, my first Diary. But noticing the Georgia Diary of cost for new ones, it made me do it.  

    •  You Might Consider Copying a Small Amount of It (1+ / 0-)
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      into your diary. You're allowed typically 3 paragraphs.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:20:56 PM PDT

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  •  My thoughts (6+ / 0-)

    He will never have unescorted access to a nuclear plant again. Plain and simple. He is required to report any arrest to his superior before his next shift. I imagine the police dept took care of that for him.

    If indeed this guy is an SRO, it is rather surprising that he didn't display "goofy" behavior at work earlier. . .

    Netroots Nation: Burning Man for Progressives

    by Gilmore on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:04:10 PM PDT

  •  Age + experiance don't add up (1+ / 0-)
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    31 years old. . .

    Time in the Navy
    Time in college
    6 years as an SRO
    and 31 years old. . .


    Netroots Nation: Burning Man for Progressives

    by Gilmore on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:08:25 PM PDT

    •  Yes They Do (6+ / 0-)
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      Excelsior gives people significant credit for the training they got in the Navy.  So he, in effect, double dipped on time.  Many elisted Navy nucs get out after 6 years, so that would make him as young as 24 years old getting out. Then he probably went right to work at Dresden and completed his degree on-line with Excelsior.  That would still give him time to have been at Dresden for 6 years.

      In case anyone questions that degree, I can unequivocally say that they do one heck of a lot more for that degree than most people do for a typical 4 year engineering degree anywhere in the country.

      Of course, the issue is the stupid car-jacking.  Others have said it: he's through working at nuclear power plants.  They don't put up with that kind of stuff at all.  I once heard of a guy that was arrested for something fairly minor but he failed to report it. When they found out they fired him immediately.

      The Republicans are begging for more rope. Give it to them!!!

      by nuketeacher on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:43:12 PM PDT

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      •  I had a co-worker who lost his DOE (0+ / 0-)

        clearance for hanging in there and living poor to pay off a $100,000 debt left by an ex-wife. He was told that if he had just filed for bankruptcy everything would have been all right. Seems they were concerned that his mental state might deteriorate under the strain. So yes, they do take things seriously. Perhaps even too seriously sometimes....

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Wed May 16, 2012 at 09:04:36 AM PDT

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  •  I'm no expert, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    It seems very unlikely that an individual could overcome the safety systems in such a manner as to cause real danger.  Further, I doubt anyone is ever completely alone and unsupervised in the control room.

  •  Bizarre. Perhaps a manic episode. (3+ / 0-)
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    Whatever the cause, he's finished as a SRO.

    I hope he gets help.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:28:01 PM PDT

  •  Very bizarre. I understand your concerns that (3+ / 0-)
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    someone who proclaims to be seeking "thrills" would happen to also be employed at a nuclear facility.  

    However, as others have pointed out, there are safeguards in place which should ease your mind somewhat.

  •  Sadly, our best anti-nuke guy will be leaving the (1+ / 0-)
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    Senate.  I worry about what kind of legislation will happen re: nukes once the crazies take over the Senate.

  •  Reminds me of a Homer Simpson episode. (0+ / 0-)

    yeah, I'd be worried.  

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon May 14, 2012 at 08:25:58 PM PDT

  •  I would not fear nuclear power because of the (1+ / 0-)
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    Behavior of one individual any more than I would fear all priests, teachers, police, pilots, black people, white people,... because of the behavior of one person.

    As was stated earlier, all individuals receive psychological evaluations prior to employment and their behavior is observed continuously, not to mention initial, random, and for cause drug testing. There is zero tolerance for serious arrests like this.

    All individuals go through airport-like security to get into the plant.

    It is reasonable to wonder whether this individual was drunk at the time.

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