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Nuclear plant heads propose armed security

Nuclear plant heads propose armed security

Published: 03 Jun 2010 14:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jun 2010 14:16 GMT+02:00

The heads of Ringhals, Oskarshamn and Forsmark's plants have proposed the idea in a letter to the Department of the Environment. The unit would be activated if the nuclear plants were to be exposed to acts of sabotage that could lead to a nuclear accident, the local Hallands Nyheter daily has reported.

The force will in "number and armament" respond to what a sabotage group can carry out. This requires an overhaul of legislation and the heads of the three plants want the possibility of a reaction force to be investigated.

The issue has been previously been discussed, when the Environmental Court lay down broad guidelines for the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in 2006, according to Gösta Larsen, a spokesperson for Ringhals.

"It was not included in the verdict, but the question was discussed," he said.

For the nuclear plants, this means that the authorities must demonstrate their engagement in some way.

"We have invested hundreds of millions of kronor in safety in the last five years at Ringhals," said Larsen.

The investments have involved more alarms, security guards, controls and gates. If there is to be a rapid reaction force on standby outside the gates of the plants perimeter, then it is a matter for the society to control, Larsen said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:07 June 3, 2010 by calebian22
More security at Sweden's nuclear power plants will never be a bad thing.
09:17 June 4, 2010 by karex
Not a bad idea considering the world we live in today.
18:05 June 4, 2010 by Spud Lite
I firmly believe that these men must be armed, and that they must wear hats.
11:56 June 6, 2010 by soultraveler3
Sounds like a good idea. You can never be too safe when it comes to nuclear power plants.
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