A University of Texas report last week overstated the threat potential aerial attacks pose on civilian atomic reactors, one nuclear scientist asserted in an opinion piece for Forbes on Saturday.
The report’s authors concluded that Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements for security measures at privately-run nuclear reactors are not as stringent as those governing Energy and Defense Department facilities. The report suggests that the if the commission does not enhance it requirements, the U.S. government should help fill the perceived gaps.
“There was no expert peer review, and the report only represents speculations,” James Conca, who formerly headed an office at New Mexico State University that monitored the Energy Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, asserted in the Forbes piece. “The [report] authors confuse nuclear weapons with nuclear energy, and have no-first-hand knowledge of the security aspects of these facilities, since they have no access to such highly classified information.”