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By Ben Kamisar
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, DC (StarNewsOnline.com) — All 107 nuclear reactors in the United States are inadequately protected from terrorist attacks, according to a Defense Department-commissioned report released Thursday.
The report, by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin, warns that the current security required of civilian-operated reactors fails to safeguard against airplane attacks, rocket-propelled grenades and more than a small handful of attackers.
The research highlights the 11 most vulnerable reactors, including plants near Southport, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Columbia, Mo., and Gaithersburg, Md., less than 25 miles from the White House. It doesn’t mention the specific security plans for each plant because they aren’t publicly available and the report doesn’t contain classified material. Instead, it highlights the broader regulations that would apply to each type of plant.

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9 Comments on "Probe finds Brunswick Nuclear Plant among most vulnerable to attack"

2015 years 9 months ago

A nuke plant with an Army ammunition depot next door……kinda gives you a warm feeling of security, doesn’t it? Why the government ever allowed a nuke plant this close to this type of military installation is beyond me. An accident at either could be devastating to both.

2015 years 9 months ago

Sunny Point is not an ammunition depot, it is an Ocean Terminal. Obviously you don’t know much about MOTSU

2015 years 9 months ago

Depends upon the types of munitions doesn’t it?
I think the steps taken to prevent the munitions from blowing up, coupled with the building strength of the power plant make them a “couple”.
I have no problem with either one honestly. In fact, I believe that nuclear power plants should be place on, or adjacent to military bases for protection, and that power plants should be considered “federalized” property, as energy is weapon that has been used against up before.

But that’s just me…….


2015 years 9 months ago

You gotta love the twist and turns…Snowden, a hero in my book, releases information to the nation that they are being spied on. All of this against our Constitution. Because of this he is labelled a traitor. THEN, the GOVERNMENT comes out and releases information like this..just letting every terrorist on the planet know what nuclear plant is most vulnerable to attack….I PRAY TO GOD we have more Snowdens…otherwise, we the people are SCREWED!

2015 years 9 months ago

what they fail to mention is reactor vessels are designed to take the impact from a plane hit, etc. this is just another ploy to get the public in an uproar while the governments agenda is at work.

here is a youtube video showing what happens to a plane if it went into the concrete walls around the vessel.


2015 years 9 months ago

…when it comes to issues of this complex magnitude. The NRC is the Federal governing regulatory agency that has full, interactive oversight with the licensing, construction, operations, regulation and safety of Americas nuclear power facilities.

I refuse to allow a bunch of university students and professors that know nothing about the nuclear power industry, its makeup, its safety culture or it’s regulation to put forth any sort of “fear mongering” that will affect me. You university folks either stay behind your desks and facilitate education like your supposed to do, or get your academic butts out in the field, do some design work, perform some construction and operations under regulatory guidelines! Then and only then, you MAY build a tad of credibility and I MAY choose to listen to you. Until then…forget it! You simply have no credible credentials on which to base your “opinions”!

2015 years 9 months ago

Why is the U.S. one of the only countries that put everything in the news?? This is one story that should have been kept confidential. We give terrorists the upper hand to know why weak our security is. Nobody needs to call them or wire money to explain how weak we are. All the have to do is watch the news. We may as well text them directions to the nuclear plants.

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2015 years 9 months ago

I have to agree with the other commenters. Publicizing the fact that we have a perfect target here in Southport absolutely sounds like an invitation to any one who has been looking for an “easy way” to attack the USA.

I concur that having the arms depot next door to the nuclear facility shows lack of judgement. Wow! Announcing it also doesn’t so much good sense either.

Well, perhaps the announcement will be a wake-up call, and the facilities could shore up on more security. Just hope it’s before any terrorists take advantage of the situation.

2015 years 9 months ago

First off the ” report ” this story is based on is a piece of garbage. The author was/is a student a UT and compiled this report with no real data or research beyond her own reading (or potentially just watching some really bad Hollywood movies) The report itself was not peer reviewed or even submitted for peer review. Why you ask? Well simply put it would have been laughed at by anyone with any knowledge of what a nuclear power plant or their security is at these plants. The report was definitly not “commissioned ” by the DOD either… It was released by the author while working under a broad DOD supported “think tank” program and certainly not reviewed by the DOD or really any competent person.

As someone who has been in a majority of the nuclear plants in the US as we’ll as over 20 nuclear plants in various countries in Europe, South America, and Asia I can tell you personally that the US nuclear plants have the bet security in the world. The installations around the nuclear plants are better built than most prisons and the small army of security forces at the plants are much better armed than at any prison either. This combined with the structural security measures and design measures of these plants make them a very hard target with minimal collateral damage due to thier designs.


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