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Indian Point Security Test Is Called Too Easy

A mock attack to test security at the Indian Point nuclear plant this summer used too few attackers and assumed they would not have access to some commercially available weapons, according to a nonprofit group here that has reported extensively on reactor security. The group, the Project on Government Oversight, also complained in a letter to the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that three drills were held at Indian Point, in Westchester County, but all were during the day, which was described as an unlikely time for terrorists to attack. In two of the drills, the letter said, “the mock terrorists crossed open fields in broad daylight in order to reach the protected area, making it that much easier for them to be observed by the security officers.” And the drill was announced in advance, the letter complained. But commission officials said that they could not respond in detail to many of the points in the letter without compromising security. Roy P. Zimmerman, the director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s office of nuclear security and incident response, said the agency would not talk about “anything that would give a sense of what the security guards at the plant need to protect against.” Full Story

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