More contraband discovered concealed above ceilings at Braidwood nuclear power plant

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Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant - Exelon

This week, while remodeling a bathroom in the protected area on the third floor of the Administrative Building, workers found a bottle of gin while removing the ceiling tiles.  The finding is eerily similar to another reported event which took place last September, after a contractor working above a locker room in the protected area during renovations discovered contraband hidden above the ceiling tiles.

These events call into question the programs at Braidwood which are meant to protect the site by scanning all incoming workers, bags, and other equipment for contraband like weapons, drugs, and alcohol, as well as those which are meant to constantly monitor and analyze the behaviors of personnel to ensure that all workers are found capable and ready to operate a nuclear reactor.  It appears that on multiple occasions workers have been able to bring contraband into the protected area of the nuclear power plant without being detected by the scanner or reported by co-workers and supervisors.

Source: NRC

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