When a video surfaced recently showing nuclear power plant guards asleep on the job, it seemed that Homer Simpson may have found his real-life counterparts. But federal regulators and nuclear plant owners were understandably not amused and the resulting scandal has cost one executive his job and could spark a re-evaluation of federal policy as it relates to nuclear plant security. These reports of poor performance have led to investigations at a number of plants throughout the US and helped prompt termination of some $25 million worth of contracts at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts in 2006 and the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York in 2003.
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