The Resource Nuclear security : DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks, [signed] Gene Aloise

Nuclear security : DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks, [signed] Gene Aloise

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Nuclear security : DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks
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Nuclear security
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DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks
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[signed] Gene Aloise
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  • Nuclear security
  • DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks
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Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission have different security requirements for protecting weapons grade material from terrorist attacks
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In terrorists' hands, weapons-grade nuclear material--known as Category I special nuclear material when in specified forms and quantities--can be used to construct an improvised nuclear device capable of producing a nuclear explosion. Responsibility for the security of Category I special nuclear material is divided between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Specifically, DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within DOE, are responsible for overseeing physical security at government-owned and contractor-operated sites with Category I special nuclear material. NRC, which is responsible for licensing and overseeing commercially owned facilities with nuclear materials, such as nuclear power plants, is responsible for regulating physical security at those licensees that store and process Category I special nuclear material under contract, primarily for DOE. Because of the risks associated with Category I special nuclear material, both DOE and NRC recognize that effective security programs are essential. The key component in both DOE's and NRC's security programs is each agency's design basis threat (DBT)--classified documents that identify the potential size and capabilities of terrorist threats to special nuclear material. To counter the threat contained in their respective DBTs, both DOE sites and NRC licensees use physical security systems, such as alarms, fences, and other barriers; trained and armed security forces; and operational security procedures, such as a "two-person" rule that prevents unobserved access to special nuclear material. In addition, to ensure DBT requirements are being met and to detect potential security vulnerabilities, DOE and NRC employ a variety of other measures, including inspection programs; reviews; and force-on-force performance tests, in which the site's security forces undergo simulated attacks by a group of mock terrorists. Over the past several years, we have raised concerns about certain aspects of security at DOE sites and at NRC-regulated commercial nuclear power plants. In this context, you asked us to determine (1) whether DOE's and NRC's requirements for protecting Category I special nuclear material from terrorist threats differ from one another; (2) the reasons for any differences between these requirements; and (3) if, as a result, there are differences between how NRC-licensed facilities that store and process Category I special nuclear material and how DOE facilities that store and process Category I special nuclear material are defended against a terrorist attack..
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Aloise, Gene
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  • United States
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Nuclear facilities
  • Nuclear weapons plants
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Nuclear security : DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks, [signed] Gene Aloise
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 26, 2007)
  • "September 11, 2007."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-07-1197R."
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text
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txt
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17579255
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5 pages
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electronic
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computer
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rdamedia
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Mode of access: Internet. Address as of 9/26/07: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d071197r.pdf ; current access available via PURL
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Nuclear security : DOE and NRC have different security requirements for protecting weapons-grade material from terrorist attacks, [signed] Gene Aloise
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 26, 2007)
  • "September 11, 2007."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-07-1197R."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17579255
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
5 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet. Address as of 9/26/07: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d071197r.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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