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The Security of Nuclear Plants

A nuclear reactor is not a potential bomb, and its fuel is not a nuclear explosive. All nuclear material requires rigorous care. But the use of nuclear energy to make electricity has not contributed to the danger of nuclear weapons or to their proliferation.

Nuclear power plants are extremely robust in design. Indeed, they rank among the strongest structures ever built. For external protection, these natural defenses are fortified with security controls and guard forces.

Although not impervious to every imaginable attack, most reactor designs would prevent a release of radioactivity even in an improbable worst-case scenario. As a matter of grim realism, terrorists intent on carnage could achieve their aims far more reliably, and with far greater effect, against a wide variety of alternative targets.






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