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The nation’s nuclear power plants are among the safest and most secure industrial facilities in the United States. Multiple layers of physical security, together with high levels of operational performance, protect plant workers, the public and the environment.
Operational Safety, Plant Security and Emergency Preparedness
U.S. nuclear plants are well-designed, operated by trained personnel, defended against attack and prepared in the event of an emergency.
Stringent federal regulation, automated, redundant safety systems and the industry’s commitment to comprehensive safety procedures keep nuclear power plants and their communities safe.
Operators receive rigorous training and must hold valid federal licenses. Licensed operators must maintain and renew their licenses and are required to maintain their proficiency by completing requalification training and examination programs.
Each nuclear power plant has extensive security measures in place to protect the facility from intruders. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the nuclear energy industry has substantially enhanced security at nuclear plants.
Every nuclear power plant in the country has a detailed plan for responding in the event of an emergency. Operators test that plan regularly, with the participation of local and state emergency response organizations.