U.S. Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Determined Attack

The NRC and the nuclear power industry are today where the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines were on Sept. 10, 2001.

Published: 13-Jun-2005

The US government may have set its security standards for nuclear power plants too low, and guards say they may not be ready to stop a terrorist attack of September 11 magnitude, a US magazine reported.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) document "raises serious questions about whether the government has set security requirements for nuclear plants too low and allowed nuclear plant operators to provide security on the cheap," Time reported.

Even plant guards worry they would be unable to thwart a big terrorist operation, saying they lack the necessary training and weapons, the magazine said. The plants could also be vulnerable to an attack on foot, it said.



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