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Report: Surry nuclear plant vulnerable to terrorist attack

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Aug 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-16 10:21:59-04

A new report from the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin has found that the nuclear reactors at the Surry and Louisa power plants, along with every other commercial reactor in the country, are not protected from terrorists.

According to researchers, the Surry plant, along with 10 others, are considered most at risk.

The report says the Surry reactor is vulnerable to a terrorist attack from the sea, but that is not required to prevent against ship borne attacks.

WTVR contacted Dominion Virginia Power about the report and they provided a statement in response that reads in part:

“Our nuclear generating stations, including North Anna and Surry power stations, are among the most robust and well-protected structures in the world today, and our security forces are trained and tested to the highest standards.

We remain in close communication with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, and others in the nuclear industry in an ongoing self-improvement program to enhance the security of our facilities.”

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