US Nuclear Reactors Are Safer Than You Think
From Policy Mic
By Shahab Ahmad
U.S. nuclear power plants are not adequately protected to defend themselves against terrorist attacks, according to the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) at the University of Texas. The NPPP report also stated that plants do not have sufficient security to prevent theft of bomb-grade materials that could be used to make weapons.
According to the report, attacks could take place not only at reactors, but also at spent waste pools (where water drainage could lead to dangerous radioactivity), or water sources.
However, the report is based only off of an analysis of power plant security facilities, and does not take into account broader homeland security and terrorism prevention methods. The scenarios addressed by the report in this respect are highly speculative as well as improbable.
It is highly unlikely that people would attempt to steal bomb-grade materials in the first place — it’s extremely dangerous — but if they did, their chances of not only escaping but also successfully building weapons with the materials is highly improbable. It’s also unrealistic for the government to provide exceptional security to the 107 nuclear reactors in the U.S.
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