Thursday, August 15, 2013

Loose Lips: Not These Days When Stories Sell Freely

Why didn't we just hang out the sign that says, "Open for your business, come on in and blow us up - access guaranteed."

This the actual headline from the story here:  "Study: All 107 U.S. nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorists." 

My first reaction was WTF!!!  Then, I wondered: What happened to "Loose Lips Sink Ships" phrase we hear and saw during WWII (the phrase originated on propaganda posters during World War II.  The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and was used on posters by the United States Office of War Information).

The highlights as it were: 

Every commercial nuclear reactor in the United States is insufficiently protected against "credible" terrorist threats, according to a new report (.pdf) from the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

The report found that facilities were vulnerable to the theft of bomb-grade nuclear materials and sabotage attacks designed to cause a meltdown.

While all 107 commercial nuclear power reactors were thought to be vulnerable, the report spotlights 11 that were most at risk.

That included eight reactors that were deemed unprotected from attacks from the sea:

(1) Diablo Canyon in CA (2) St. Lucie in FL (3) Brunswick in NC (4) Surry in VA (5) Indian Point in NY, (6) Millstone in CT (7) Pilgrim in MA, and (8) the South Texas Project.

The flip side of this issue:  

The report found that some U.S. government nuclear facilities are protected against most or all threats, but others remain unprotected because they are seen as having little appeal to terrorists or because officials believe an attack would not be catastrophic.(So, does that make you feel more at ease or safe)?

The authors of the report take issue with that calculation, saying it is impossible to know which sites terrorists favor or which could be used to cause the most harm. They recommend that all facilities be upgraded to defend against a maximum credible terrorist attack.  

I expect a lot more on this subject... stay tuned and come back, and thanks for stopping by.

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