BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A report released Thursday warns that the country's nuclear power plants, including the Duke Energy facility in Brunswick County, are not properly protected from potential terrorist attacks.
The report, by The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas as Austin, warns that none of the more than 100 commercial reactors in the U.S. is protected against a 9/11-style attack.
The Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport is one of eight facilities that the report says is vulnerable to terrorist attacks from the sea.
The plant is located on the Cape Fear River, just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
The report doesn't mention Sunny Point, the nearby military ammunition terminal, but others have said that it puts the nuclear plant at greater risk.
The report recommends that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission strengthen security requirements at potential nuclear targets.
Researchers add that the federal government should provide additional security to support private companies like Duke Energy.
A Duke spokeswoman said that the industry has invested billions of dollars in security since 9/11. Not only has the company invested in physical security but also the number of officers that monitor the plant 24-hours a day.
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