Statement Submitted by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives, Concerning Nuclear Power Plant Security(1) [open pdf - 17KB]
Shortly after the second airplane crash into the World Trade Center on September 11, the NRC activated its Emergency Operations Center and the Regions activated their Incident Response Centers. They immediately issued a notice to advise all nuclear power plants, non-power reactors, nuclear fuel facilities, gaseous diffusion plants, and decommissioning reactors to go to the highest level of security and they promptly did. Their licensees have remained at the highest level of security alert since that time. The NRC has maintained a steady flow of information with all licensees through some 20 updates to the original threat advisory, regular communications between the Regional Administrators and licensees, audits of licensee activities, and numerous interactions with various stakeholders. The NRC's Executive Team meets on a regular basis to discuss their interactions with other government agencies, any changes in the current threat environment, and any additional actions that should be considered. Commissioners are engaged in the process; they receive frequent briefings and provide the chairman with the benefit of their views. The NRC emphasizes that there has been no credible threat against NRC-licensed facilities since September 11. However, they have maintained 24-hour per day operation of NRC's Emergency Operations Center. This effort has principally involved their safeguards team. This group receives a substantial and steady flow of information from the intelligence community, law enforcement, and licensees that requires prompt evaluation to determine whether to advise licensees about any changes in the threat environment in general or for a particular plant.