November 3, 1998 |
The federal government has eliminated its only program for testing the ability of commercial nuclear power plants to repel armed terrorists--part of a cost-cutting reorganization of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Established in 1991, when the aftermath of the Gulf War heightened fears about terrorist attacks, the program, while small, had identified serious security lapses at nearly half the nation's 104 nuclear power reactors.
August 4, 1994 |
Nuclear power plants must install barriers to guard against vehicle bombs like the one that exploded under the World Trade Center, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled. The NRC had refused for years to require the anti-terrorist barriers at nuclear plants, but commissioners reconsidered because of the New York City bombing and another bizarre incident, which both happened in February, 1993.
July 26, 1994 |
Two hundred feet farther and Pennsylvania might still be glowing. At the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant last year, a discharged mental patient barreled his station wagon into a turbine building, stopping just 200 feet short of ramming a vital area of the facility and possibly triggering a deadly release of radiation. Security was so light that he was able to race past a guard post, break through a chain-link fence and crash through the building's steel door.
March 21, 1990 |
Lithuania's president said Tuesday that measures announced by Moscow to reassert control over the breakaway Baltic state show that negotiations with the Kremlin are still possible and that there is no danger of an economic blockade. Despite such conciliatory words, Vytautas Landsbergis revealed that he has stepped up security at the republic's lone nuclear power plant to prevent any acts by "madmen."
November 28, 1988
A congressional panel has expanded its investigation of security and personnel problems to include the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory after a senior computer operator there was arrested on marijuana charges, an aide to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) said. Jeffrey Hodges said as part of the investigation, Dingell, chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, has asked for the cooperation of Energy Secretary John S.
December 16, 1987 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday fined Northeast Utilities $25,000 for security violations at the Millstone nuclear power station. Inspectors said that, among other things, they had found two visitors without proper clearance wandering around the facility without escort. The company said it would pay the fine.