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Progress Energy fined over cheating nuke plant guards

Posted August 30, 2007
Updated April 30, 2008

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— The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday proposed a $65,000 fine against Progress Energy after security guards at Shearon Harris cheated on a required test.

Guards working for contractor Securitas Security Services USA Inc. were provided test answers by three company supervisors during required requalification tests in 2005, the NRC said in a statement.

The agency also filed violation notices with Securitas and the three supervisors.

The cheating was one of 19 concerns brought to the NRC's attention two years ago by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network.

The NRC finished looking into most of the allegations last year – regulators determined some doors were improperly left open – and recently completed its review of the final three concerns, officials said.

Progress Energy doesn't plan to contest the fine, spokeswoman Julie Hans said.

The guards who cheated no longer work at Shearon Harris, and the entire security force has since been retested, Hans said. The annual requalification test is now administered and graded by the plant's training group and not Securitas, she said.

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  • NC is my home Sep 1, 2007

    Progress Energy has continued to rob NC for years. This is just one of many ways they bend the rules because they think they are more important than the people they are supposed to serve. At least they changed their name from "Carolina Power & Light"! But they progress like a cancer--taking over, killing the whole body. I don't want govenment owned utilities, but the PUC should wake up & do their job to protect the citizens who pay their salaries (& the exorbiante Progress Energy salaries).

  • Timbo Aug 31, 2007

    Progress is an OK company. Worked for them and the management is less than spectacular. I mean, how hard is it to make money when you are a monopoly?

  • haggis basher Aug 31, 2007

    Fine, isn't enough but then again it would just be paid out of our pockets anyway.....

  • then who cares Aug 30, 2007

    Progress Energy expects the best from our pockets!!!!

  • areyou.serious Aug 30, 2007

    I bet our rates will go up due to the unexpected expense...

  • weasleyes Aug 30, 2007

    Progress Energy is a great company ! They expect the best from their employees and contractors.

  • then who cares Aug 30, 2007

    Someones secret admirer, with those qualifications you more than likely made someone nervous for their job.

  • Myword Aug 30, 2007

    Ohhh yeah.... sleep tight everybody!

  • the alliance Aug 30, 2007

    I applied to work here 2 times, interviewed both times, but never considered. I wonder what they are looking for, if an ex-Army Warrant Officer with 24 years in the military, trained in weapons security and maintenance, and serving with all types of combat arms isnt enough, I don't know what is!

  • anonemoose Aug 30, 2007

    Those three little red dots on the uniform are supposed to stand for "Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness. Seems they missed the first one, Huh?