Over the past two years, the Department of Homeland Security has been dismantling programs to prevent nuclear terrorism “without rigorous review of potential security vulnerabilities.” These changes undermine “government-wide efforts aimed at countering terrorist attacks involving unconventional weapons, known as WMD.” An LA Times report also found “Overall, more than 100 scientists and policy experts […]
In the News: Two People Jump Fence at Nuclear Facility with HEU
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported two people jumped a security fence at a nuclear facility near San Francisco on July 10 — this reactor is one of the few in the US that uses highly enriched uranium (HEU). FMWG Member Dr. Ed Lyman of Union of Concerned Scientists explains the incident “highlights the […]
In the News: Russia Expresses Concern over Terrorist WMD Material Efforts
Yuri Kokov, Russia’s Deputy Security Council Secretary, expressed concern over terrorist efforts to access WMD materials. In Ufa, Kokov highlighted “continued attempts to get access to data about the manufacturing of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons” by terrorist groups, focusing on terrorist tactics.
In the News: Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Implementing Mandatory Anti-Terror Inspections
Japan’s nuclear regulator decided nuclear power plants must suspend operations if their new mandatory anti-terror facilities are not completed & have not passed inspections. “Operators of 13 reactors at seven nuclear power plants nationwide have said they will not be able to keep the deadlines, or that they do not know when they will be […]
In the News: Sendei Reactor will Halt Operations in March 2020
Sendei Reactor in Kagoshima Prefecture Japan will halt operations next March because of delays in upgrades to protect the plant from terror attacks. Work continues 24 hours/day on the plant but the project will be delayed at least a year.
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