NRC releases unclassified version of nuclear security report to Congress

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said July 3 that it has publicly released an unclassified version of its annual report to Congress on the security of nuclear energy facilities in the United States.

The report covers the NRC’s security inspection program, including force-on-force (combat simulation) exercises, for commercial nuclear power reactors and Category I fuel cycle facilities for calendar year 2013.

The unclassified version of the report made available to the public is a 38-page document with several pages intentionally left blank.

In 2013, the NRC added two new inspections to its security inspection program. The NRC began inspections of licensees’ cyber security plans and licensees’ preparations to respond to a potential aircraft threat. Overall, the NRC conducted 289 security inspections, including 23 force-on-force inspections, during 2013. The security program and publicly available results of the inspections are discussed in the report.

“Whenever a finding is identified during a security inspection, the NRC ensures that the licensee implements adequate compensatory measures until the problem is corrected. Compensatory measures can include, for example, additional armed personnel and/or physical security measures to strengthen a licensee’s security capabilities,” NRC said in the report.

NRC grades its findings on four levels from green (least significant) to red (most significant).

More than 92% of NRC’s inspection findings are classified as “green,” meaning they have “very low safety or security significance,” according to the report.

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