The security of a plant lies in the personnel and physical barriers put in place to prevent and protect the plant from an attack of any kind-by land, air or water. Nuclear facilities are the best protected power generation sites in the country. Additionally, Entergy has invested $150 million since 9/11 on security enhancements at Indian Point.
Security: Indian Point has several layers of security including highly restricted access that is controlled by state-of-the-art security systems. Access to the plant is restricted to employees who have passed an in-depth security and behavioral background checks and who undergo a lengthy entry and exit search process at our security checkpoints - daily. Within the plant, access to sensitive areas is even further restricted. Indian Point is monitored around the clock by well-trained, heavily armed security force officers. The plant and property are protected by multiple vehicle barriers, double fencing with razor wire, television surveillance and other high tech security devices.
Indian Point's containment structure is among the strongest structures built by man. It is designed to safeguard the community and plant personnel even under extreme and unlikely accidents or assault scenarios.
As a part of the rigorous training process for all security personnel, Indian Point, like all Entergy nuclear facilities, implements drills that are monitored and graded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This rigorous training is part of the reason that nuclear plants are regarded as the most secure industrial facilities in the nation. The training drills include:
These drills involve intensive exercises where plant security personnel are armed with special laser weapons (no ammunition is used) and body gear that will let the user know when he/she has been hit. During the exercise, former members of U.S. military special forces units attempt to infiltrate the facility and reach the most sensitive areas of IPEC. These drills are as real-to-life as a drill can possibly be. Indian Point has received superior ratings for each of the drills it has conducted.
In between the force-on-force drills, security personnel also participate in tabletop exercises on a quarterly basis. Tabletop drills gather responders, normally in separate locations, into a single room and asks them to respond to simulated events. This format allows responders to learn how their counterparts in other facilities perform actions and confront problems. In addition, the effort provides an opportunity for team building. Ongoing use of tabletop drills, such as those conducted during the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) pilot drill program, facilitate the development of key skills which would be used in response to security event-based scenarios.
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New security boats are part
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