NRC says IP drills were a success
(08/11/03) YORKTOWN - The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday that the controversial force-on-force drills at Indian Point were a success.
In a letter to New York officials, chairman Nils Diaz stated that the nuclear plants are adequately protected. During the secretive drills, guards had to protect against mock intruders. The drills also involved use of hi-tech weapons.
Diaz said in his letter, "My observations of the pilot force-on-force exercise at Indian Point indicate that the licensee has a strong defensive strategy and capability."
A spokesman for Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, says he's pleased with the NRC chairman's statement.
But while Entergy is pleased with the results of the drills, activists seeking to close the plants feel the drill proved nothing. They contend the drills were unrealistic since the security forces knew the simulated attacks were coming.
Officials have not released detailed information on the drills for fear that it would help real terrorists plan an attack.