NNSA guards tested positive for anabolic steroidsGuards at the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) were found to test positive for anabolic steroids use. The four guards were assigned at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. According to reports, a union challenged Wackenhut Services Inc., the security contractor, to terminate the guards.

Because of this incident, the agency is currently reviewing implementation of random drug testing for contractors operating across the enterprise. According to NNSA spokesperson, Damien LaVera, drug testing is not part of their employee screening process but if certain situation warrants such requirement, then tests can always be conducted.

According to Randy Lawson, head of the International Guards Union of America in their Oak Ridge branch in Tennessee, the only nuclear site where employees were screened for steroid use is in the Oak Ridge Facility. LaVera was yet unable to confirm the claim, although Wackenhut backed the assertion.

The United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is under the United States Department of Energy. Its missions are to provide effective military propulsion plants, promote nuclear safety, reduce any global danger caused by weapons of mass destruction and support the United States leadership in science and technology.

From Global Security Newswire:

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration is studying the use of steroids by personnel at the nation’s nuclear-weapon facilities, the Knoxville, Tenn., News Sentinel reported Sunday (see GSN, Aug. 6).