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Nuclear Power Plants: Efforts Made to Upgrade Security, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionís Design Basis Threat Process Should be Improved
Jim Wells (au)
The nationís nuclear power plants (NPP) are potential targets for terrorists seeking to cause the release of radioactive material. The NRC is responsible for regulating & overseeing security at the plants. In 2003 NRC revised the design basis threat (DBT), which describes the threat that plants must be prepared to defend against in terms of the number of attackers & their training, weapons, & tactics. NRC also tests security at the plants through force-on-force inspections, which consist of mock terrorist attacks. This report reviews: the process NRC used to revise the DBT for NPP; the actions NPP have taken to enhance security in response to the rev. DBT; & NRCís progress in strengthening the conduct of force-on-force inspections. Illus.
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