Safety & Security
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.
Since the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi, operators of nuclear energy facilities in the United States have taken steps to make them even safer.
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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.
Operator Training & Screening
Operators receive rigorous training and must hold valid federal licenses. All nuclear power plant staff are subject to background and criminal history checks before they are granted access to the plant.
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.