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UPDATE: Nuclear power plant workers banned from sites after attempted carjacking

Two former workers at the Dresden nuclear power plant in Illinois are banned from working in nuclear power plants after they were accused of attempting to rob an armored car and carjacked a woman.

NRC staff issued a confirmatory order to Exelon Generating Co. (NYSE: EXC) for an incident involving violations of the Behavioral Observation Program at the plant. NRC says senior reactor operator Michael J. Buhrman planned to rob an armored car in May 2012 and recruited another senior reactor operator, Landon E. Brittain, to assist. Buhrman instead pointed a gun at a woman in a store parking lot and stole her vehicle. Buhrman was apprehended for aggravated vehicular carjacking and fled the country when he was released on bail. He was tried and sentenced to 40 years in absentia this past May, but was caught in Texas on Nov. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. Brittain had fled to Venezuela but was caught and extradited back to the U.S. to face several criminal charges pending against him.

The NRC said that their actions offsite demonstrated that they could not be relied upon to follow NRC requirements to protect the plant and public safety. In addition, some plant personnel knew of Buhrman’s plant to commit the crime and did not report him.

The order was issued as a result of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process. Exelon agreed to abide by the conditions of the order, including enhancing the behavioral observation program procedure at all Exelon nuclear plants; providing training to staff on the revision and evaluating the effectiveness of the training.

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