March 13th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Al Qaeda suspect's work at nuke sites stirs call for probe

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, is calling for a federal probe into the system of background checks for employees at nuclear plants after hearing that a suspected al Qaeda member from New Jersey worked at five such sites.

The FBI said earlier this week that it is investigating Sharif Mobley, a 26-year-old from Buena, New Jersey, as a suspected member of al Qaeda. He worked at nuclear plants operated by PSEG Nuclear for different contractors from 2002 to 2008, doing routine labor such as carrying supplies and assisting with maintenance activities, the company  said Thursday.

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