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Relax, it’s just a couple of nuclear reactors

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Exelon Corp. has decided to replace its security provider, Wackenhut Corp., based in Palm Beach, with an in-house security force at its 10 nuclear power plants.

Exelon made the decision after guards were videotaped sleeping on the job at a plant in Pennsylvania, even though a review of security at its other plants found “no significant deficiencies.” Wackenhut officials said the lapses in the Pennsylvania plant were an anomaly.

Nonetheless, Wackenhut’s CEO resigned in the wake of the nap flap.

Exelon’s security came under scrutiny after a guard who had previously complained to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission surreptitiously videotaped guards napping while sitting in chairs in the Pennsylvania plant’s “ready” room. The video was later aired on New York television station WCBS.

Nuclear industry watchdog groups have long contended that security at power plants suffers because private security guards often work long hours for relatively low pay.

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