Members Of Congress Say 'No' To Proposed Federalization Of Nuclear Security Work Force
(Source : National Association of Security Companies ; issued Jan. 21, 2002)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) and Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) made separate statements recently to express their opposition to proposed federal legislation that calls for federalizing security work forces at commercial nuclear power plants in the United States.
Sen. Graham, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, visited Florida Power and Light Company's nuclear power plant in St. Lucie, Florida, and donned a security officer's uniform to experience the day-to-day activities of a nuclear security work force. During the following press conference, he called on his colleagues in the Congress "not to overreact" by passing legislation to federalize nuclear security work forces. "Don't adopt a one- size-fits-all mentality for nuclear power plants," he said.
Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), who represents the 16th Congressional District, where the St. Lucie plant is located, also expressed opposition to federalizing the security work force. Representative Foley stated, "Federalizing plant security workers is a slippery slope that will do absolutely nothing to help protect our nuclear power plants." He added, "Turning a private worker into a federal bureaucrat has nothing to do with protecting us from terrorism."
The Chairman of the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), Rick Massimei, said, "I am very thankful that Senator Graham and Congressman Foley took the time to study this issue and to scrutinize first hand the professionalism of the existing security work forces being provided by the private sector and the nuclear power industry. We would welcome such initiatives by other key national leaders in order to observe the high degree of training and high security readiness at such plants."
Mr. Massimei added that the security personnel who provide plant protection services at the nation's 103 nuclear power plants are specifically trained for security in the nuclear environment, and have been brought to higher levels of alert since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Their dedication to duty is evidenced by the fact that there is a very low rate of personnel turnover among their ranks.
The National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) is an industry trade association that was founded in 1972. It represents the interests of businesses engaged in providing professional security services to commercial, industrial and government organizations in the United States.
Member companies actively promote high standards in the industry. NASCO members include:
--Allied Security Inc. Professional Security Bureau ltd.
--Barton Protective Services Inc. Security Forces, Inc.
--Command Security Corporation Special Response Corporation
--Day & Zimmermann Protection Technology U.S. Security Associates, Inc
--Guardsmark, Inc. The Wackenhut Corporation
--Initial Security Walden Security
--Pinkerton's Winfield Security Corporation