Protecting Our Nation: A Report of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission [Revision 1]   [open pdf - 3MB]

"For over 30 years, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has maintained effective nuclear security, emergency preparedness, and incident response programs. The NRC requires safe and secure operations at nuclear facilities. Safety refers to operating the facility in a manner that protects the public and the environment. Security refers to protecting the facility from adversaries who wish to harm people and the environment. Safety and security are accomplished by using people, equipment, and physical protection. Security is achieved in layers, with multiple approaches at work. For example, nuclear power plants are inherently secure, robust structures that are designed and built to withstand hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. In addition, well-trained, armed security guards, physical barriers, access controls, and intrusion detection and surveillance systems protect certain NRC-licensed facilities, such as commercial power reactors. For other applicable NRC-and Agreement State-licensed facilities, the NRC has required implementation of enhanced security requirements. Another layer of protection is in place for coordinating threat information and response. The NRC works closely with Federal, State, and local authorities. These relationships ensure that the NRC can act quickly to disseminate threat information to licensees and allow effective emergency response in the event of an attack. Together, these layers of defense provide a level of security likely second to none in the national commercial sector."

Report Number:
NUREG/BR-0314, Rev. 1
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United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission: http://www.nrc.gov/
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