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Nuclear Plant Workers Weren't Planning Mayhem

One worker had simply forgotten his badge.

The Pilgrim Power Plant.
The Pilgrim Power Plant.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) β€” The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined a pair of workers weren't planning mayhem by using a single security badge to get into a Massachusetts nuclear power plant; one worker had simply forgotten his badge.

A yearlong investigation into the 2016 incident determined the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station workers were "tailgating" β€” scanning in and out of a secure area with one worker's badge then handing it over to another worker to gain entry.

The Cape Cod Times reports the proper procedure for a forgotten badge is to contact security and obtain a visitor's pass.

The incident was reported by a witness who said the men looked like they were planning something at the Plymouth plant. When interviewed, the men said they didn't know they weren't allowed to tailgate.

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