Concerns about the Indian Point nuclear power plant located just 38 miles north of New York City have been voiced in the past, but now a new study by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project has found that the plant is practically defenseless against terrorist attacks. The 32-page research paper posits that terrorists could easily cause a nuclear meltdown by crashing a commercial airplane into the controversial plant in a way that is chillingly similar to the events of 9/11.
The report, which was carried out at the request of the federal government, says that on top of a 9/11-inspired attack, the power plant could be easily struck by ship as well. The study also mentions that the nuclear plant is vulnerable to even smaller-scale attacks using high-caliber sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, Indian Point also seems to be a nuclear time bomb waiting to go off as it sits on top of an earthquake fault line. At the same time, a previous report on the plant by the NY Daily News revealed the reactor experienced radiation leaks and at least two fires since 2007.
What’s more is the research conducted out of the University of Texas in Austin says that the Indian Point reactor is just one of a 104 vulnerable nuclear facilities all over the United States. Another serious terrorist danger the study highlights is the possible theft of bomb-grade uranium from three civilian research reactors. One of these three research site happens to be the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which lies within striking distance of Washington D.C. just two dozen miles away.
The paper proposes that the three government agencies – including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy – involved with the monitoring and regulating of the United States’ nuclear facilities should begin to impose tougher, uniform standards of preparedness.
For now, only time will tell if these proposals and studies will create any new security standards or actual movement in legislation. Maybe all those Doomsday Preppers are onto something after all.
via Daily News