NPPP Report: Are U.S. Nuclear Reactors Adequately Protected From Terrorists? | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Vulnerable Reactors Include Sites in CA, CT, FL, MA, MD, MO, NC, NY, TX and VA.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August, 15, 2013 -- A major new report to be released at 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT Thursday (August 15, 2013) by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) will warn that dozens of reactor sites across the United States are inadequately protected from terrorist attacks that could trigger a meltdown or lead to a diversion of bomb-grade uranium. As the new report will note, the danger is far from hypothetical since the 9/11 hijackers are known to have considered flying a passenger jet into a U.S. nuclear reactor before they settled on the World Trade Center as their main terror target.

Prepared at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, the report has implications for all U.S. power reactors and some university research reactors, including facilities in such states as California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

The news event will feature report co-author Alan J. Kuperman, coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project, and associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project is a project of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT on August 15, 2013 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "NPPP Nuclear Terrorism" news event.

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available by 5 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. CDT on August 15, 2013 at http://www.nppp.org or visit

http://www.hastingsgroupmedia.com/NPPP/081513NuclearTerrorismReport.mp3

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