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(NBC News)   Nuclear power plant workers secretly led a pretty rad lifestyle   (investigations.nbcnews.com) divider line 25
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2013-11-18 09:17:33 AM  
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I c what u did there
 
2013-11-18 09:20:03 AM  
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2013-11-18 09:21:01 AM  
I don't understand why it's relevant that he worked at a nuclear power plant. Was the armored car tey wanted to rob full of enriched uranium or something?

=Smidge
 
2013-11-18 09:27:47 AM  

Smidge204: I don't understand why it's relevant that he worked at a nuclear power plant. Was the armored car tey wanted to rob full of enriched uranium or something?

=Smidge


There are certain things in a person's past that will always be stuck to them throughout their lives, regardless of how relevant they are at the moment: cheerleader, pro wrestler, stripper, nuclear power plant worker, etc.

/Former nuclear power plant worker
 
2013-11-18 09:29:03 AM  

Smidge204: I don't understand why it's relevant that he worked at a nuclear power plant. Was the armored car tey wanted to rob full of enriched uranium or something?


It does seem to largely be a superfluous detail.  Although (like some other higher-security jobs), you're supposed to rat co-workers who suggest criminal acts, suggest financial stress/blackmailability, or are just generally taking crazy pills.  Although in the last case, it'd be real, real hard to tell the crazies from the solid veterans at many nukes.
 
2013-11-18 09:40:10 AM  
Paging Ringshadow to thread 8022518
 
2013-11-18 09:40:34 AM  
I rem-ember when I worked as lab tech on the sub that it was fun to chase around the conars with a bit of kryptonite and a geiger counter
 
2013-11-18 09:42:06 AM  
I think the point of stressing their employment was that they had a pretty good jobs, where the hell does robbing an armored car fit into that? It's not like he'd been a career criminal. Just some dork who thought he had the "perfect score".
 
2013-11-18 09:47:38 AM  
Those guys are pretty doable. They got good looks, had good jobs why so dumb?
 
2013-11-18 09:53:20 AM  
The only problem I have with any of this is convicting someone in absentia.
 
2013-11-18 09:53:21 AM  
FTA:  "The case also sent ripples through the nuclear power industry, prompting the Exelon Corp. - which owns the Dresden plant and is the largest U.S. operator of nuclear reactors - to change how it trains its employees to spot and report behavior that might pose a security threat."

I can just see the training seminar:  "Ok, let's do some roleplaying.  Bob will start.

Bob:  Hey, Dale, let's rob an armored car.

Dale:  OK.

Trainer:  No, no, no.  Let's go over the red flags again.
 
2013-11-18 09:56:23 AM  

WhackingDay: I think the point of stressing their employment was that they had a pretty good jobs, where the hell does robbing an armored car fit into that? It's not like he'd been a career criminal. Just some dork who thought he had the "perfect score".


Like it or not, nuclear power is a hot-button issue.  If these knuckleheads worked in a coal mine, ya, probably wouldn't have been mentioned.

People like to think of nuke plants as run by clean, sober, responsible engineers in lab coats... not incompetent wanna-be robbers.
 
2013-11-18 09:58:16 AM  
The nuclear plant employment is relevant on three points - reactor operators are well paid and shouldn't need to rob anyone (unless they have a drug/woman problem), they need to be very trustworthy (cause they near controls of a nuclear reactor), and if they start asking around for criminal conspirators within the plant you'd hope that at least one person would recognize that as a risk to operations and report it.

It's a barometer for risks that these reactor employees are capable of ignoring.

On a positive note, they guy seems to be pretty good at contingency planning which could be useful for operating reactors. Who knows? Maybe the steam boiler at Joliet needs a good operator.
 
2013-11-18 10:01:34 AM  
There is one more point to add. The nuclear industry probably does an average job at screening new and current employees for behavioral risk indicators but probably NOTHING with regards to terminated employees and frankly, they could be the biggest risk.
 
2013-11-18 10:12:33 AM  

PunGent: FTA:  "The case also sent ripples through the nuclear power industry, prompting the Exelon Corp. - which owns the Dresden plant and is the largest U.S. operator of nuclear reactors - to change how it trains its employees to spot and report behavior that might pose a security threat."

I can just see the training seminar:  "Ok, let's do some roleplaying.  Bob will start.

Bob:  Hey, Dale, let's rob an armored car.

Dale:  OK.

Trainer:  No, no, no.  Let's go over the red flags again.


+1
 
2013-11-18 10:13:52 AM  
I get a bad feeling with a Nuclear Power plant named Dresden.
 
2013-11-18 10:15:07 AM  
I see what you did there subby
 
2013-11-18 10:31:50 AM  
That's the Kohl's my wife shops at. And Coal City was one of the towns that got hammered by the tornado yesterday.
 
2013-11-18 10:34:30 AM  
And on today's episode of 'How I almost got away with it'
 
2013-11-18 11:13:47 AM  

Deep Contact: I get a bad feeling with a Nuclear Power plant named Dresden.


Heh.  Go figure.  On the flip side, it was actually one of the first plants built in the US (Unit 1 was shut years ago, though).  Units 2 and3 are pretty well run - during Fukushima, the NRC went to *them* for simulations and advice.
 
2013-11-18 11:43:39 AM  

PsychoPhil: Deep Contact: I get a bad feeling with a Nuclear Power plant named Dresden.

Heh.  Go figure.  On the flip side, it was actually one of the first plants built in the US (Unit 1 was shut years ago, though).  Units 2 and3 are pretty well run - during Fukushima, the NRC went to *them* for simulations and advice.


Well run until the power goes out.
 
2013-11-18 11:56:32 AM  
I gotta work this into my next novel ...
 
2013-11-18 12:59:09 PM  
Wait -- that guy got 40 years for planning an armored car robbery, not for the auto theft?  He got 40 years for planning to do something?

Thought crime?
 
2013-11-18 03:21:10 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Paging Ringshadow to thread 8022518


Present. I don't even know what to farking add at this point. An SRO? Really guys? Really? Seriously? I don't have enough facepalms to properly express myself.
 
2013-11-18 11:21:03 PM  

Deep Contact: I get a bad feeling with a Nuclear Power plant named Dresden.


Yeah, like didn't they know that Dresden was destroyed with conventional bombs and incendiaries, not nukes?


/Schlacthaus Funf!
 
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