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Energy inspector says cuts in training reduce nuclear security

Nuclear weapons plants have eliminated or reduced training for guards responsible for repelling terrorist attacks, leaving the government unable to guarantee the plants can be adequately defended, the Energy Department’s internal watchdog said Tuesday. One plant has reduced training hours by 40 percent, and some plants conduct tactical training only in classrooms, according to a report from the department’s inspector general. Some contractors fear that injuries among guards during training exercises could reduce bonus payments from the government, the report said. Guards typically receive 320 hours of training. Only one of 10 plants surveyed, Hanford, Wash., trains guards in the basic use of a shotgun, according to the report. Full Story

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