CREATORHolt, Mark / Andrews, Anthony
TITLENuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities
DATE PUBLISHED23 August 2010
DATE ACCESSED14 December 2012

INACTIVE - Duplicate Site This 2010 update of a 2008 Congressional Research Service report reviews the efforts of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to improve the physical security of U.S. nuclear power plants and their resistance to terrorist attacks. It focuses on revisions to the Design Basis Threat (DBT) made in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The DBT defines the severity of attacks that a nuclear plant's security force must be able to repel. The report also addresses the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to deliberate aircraft crashes. Terrorist targets include both the reactor core and the spent fuel storage facilities at the plant. The report discusses the additional security measures implemented by the NRC as a result of the force-on-force security exercises conducted at plants nationwide, during which a mock terrorist group attempts to penetrate the plant and damage vital safety components. Other topics addressed by the report include emergency response and issues associated with plant security personnel.

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