More Evidence That America’s ‘Fukushima Event’ May Be Imminent: Mock Attackers ‘Strike’ 24 Nuclear Plants, ‘Breach’ Two, Illustrate US Vulnerability To Nuclear Radiation

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
By Paul Martin

Mock attackers ‘strike’ 24 nuclear plants, ‘breach’ two

By Mike M. Ahlers

Mock commandos who staged attacks on 24 nuclear power plants in pre-announced drills last year were able to “damage” or “destroy” critical targets at two of the plants, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The NRC did not identify the nuclear plants that failed the security tests, citing security concerns and other sensitivities. But it said inspectors remained at those plants until security shortcomings were addressed.

Each year, about a fourth of the nation’s 104 commercial nuclear power plants undergo security tests, which involve several weeks of security inspections and table-top exercises that probe for holes in security, followed by three consecutive nights of “force-on-force” assaults. The assaults are pre-announced to avoid confusion with real-world events, and participants — in a high-stakes game of laser tag — attack plant defenses in an effort to “destroy” critical buildings or equipment.

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