Secret Report Confirms Whistleblower Allegations
Washington, DC., March 29, 2005. The New York Times reported today that the National Academy of Sciences issued a report confirming the vulnerability of nuclear spent fuel pools to terrorist attack. According to the press the Academy Report is classified and not available to the public. The press accounts vindicate allegations raised by the National Whistleblowers Center and nuclear whistleblower Randy Robarge shortly after the 9-11 attacks. Specifically, the NWC was the first organization to release NRC internal engineering reports which fully documented (1) the vulnerability of every nuclear plant in the US. to an airborne terrorist attack; and (2) the vulnerability of spent fuel pools to terrorist attack.
The spent fuel pools are facilities in which every nuclear power plant
stores its nuclear waste. When constructed they had no realistic
safeguards to prevent terrorist attacks. Prior to the 9-11 attacks, the
NRC had rejected requests to have the spent fuel pools even minimally
Mr. Robarge, a long term radiation protection supervisor at several
nuclear power plants, fully documented the lack of safeguards at spent
fuel pool and the amount of radioactive matter that, if released, would
have a catastrophic impact.
In October 2001, the NWC and Mr. Robarge formally petitioned the NRC to
take immediate protective action to protect spent fuel pools from
terrorist attack. The NRC issued a ruling on the petition but
classified the corrective action it was planning to take.
According to the New York Times report, the NRC has insisted on
classifying the Academy's findings. Additionally, the New York Times
disclosed that the NRC is opposing some of the findings of the Academy.
"The NRC’s failure to take aggressive and immediate corrective action
to protect public health and safety from the serious threat posed by
the storage of radioactive waste in ill-protected spent fuel pools is
irresponsible," stated Stephen M. Kohn, the Chairman of the NWC's Board
of Directors. The NWC is calling for the release of the Academy's full
report. "The NRC has a duty to fully inform the public of the hazards
of nuclear powers and to allow the citizenry to make informed decisions
regarding this critical energy source," added Kohn.