The Current Debate
NOW's report on nuclear plant safety details the debate over both plant security and information secrecy. You can learn more from the sites listed below.
Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
The Alliance is a California group which opposes license renewals for the state's nuclear power plants and the storage of additional nuclear waste. The site presents information on options for energy generation.
Congressman Edward J. Markey: Nuclear Power Plant Safety
Massachusetts Democrat Edward J. Markey has been bringing nuclear plant safety to the attention of Congress. His Web site contains a number of press releases and correspondence between the Congressman and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Department of Energy Inspector General's Report: Protective Performance Test Improprieties
The DOE Inspector General report examined a security test at the Y-12 National Security Complex, which oversees uranium enrichment and dismantling nuclear weapons at the Oak Ridge facility in Tennessee. The report found that two Wackenhut (security staff) employees "were inappropriately permitted to view" test information in advance of security drills and concluded that "the test results were…tainted and unreliable." Wackenhut claims that the test was not a force on force test, but was staged to test the computer systems. Furthermore, they dispute the link to the new contract to do the force on force testing at all of the nation’s privately run nuclear power plants since the staff at the Y-12 facility is a different department of the parent company, Group 4 Securicor.
Greenpeace presents on its Web site the correspondence between the environmental group and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about President Bush's 2002 State of the Union address statement asserting that : "diagrams of American nuclear power plants" had been found in Al-Qaeda dominated areas. Greenpeace has an extensive collection of position papers and other information on nuclear plant safety, and on the dangers surrounding the transport of spent nuclear fuels.
Mothers for Peace
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a non-profit organization concerned with the local dangers involving the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and with the dangers of nuclear power, weapons and waste on national and global levels.
Nuclear Energy Institute
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI’s objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. The Safety and Security section of the NEI's Web site presents information on post 9/11 security, emergency drills and plant oversight.
Pacific Gas & Electric Diablo Canyon Fact Sheet
Information provided by the company about safety and operations at the plant featured in NOW's broadcast.
Project on Government Oversight: Homeland Security (POGO)
POGO is a watchdog group "committed to exposing waste, fraud and corruption in the following areas: defense, energy & environment, contract oversight and open government." Their homeland security archives presents the group's information on nuclear plant safety and also collects media reports on the issue.