Even More Claims of Faulty Security at Seabrook Nuclear Plant

Cogressmen from Massachusetts questions NRC on security problems at N.H. plant


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two Massachusetts congressmen are again questioning alleged security problems at New Hampshire's Seabrook nuclear plant.

Democrats Edward Markey and John Tierney said Wednesday in a second letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the agency should "take immediate action to protect public safety."

Last week, Tierney and Markey said an intruder detection system wasn't installed correctly and did not work and the plant forced security guards to work overtime to compensate.

On Wednesday, they said additional safety issues were raised by a Seabrook employee regarding defective security cameras and the plant's failure to conduct a security analysis.

"Last week I learned that the security fence at Seabrook has been broken for months," Markey said.

"Now it turns out that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The fence is broken, the security cameras don't work, and some required security analysis hasn't even been performed. It seems the plant motto is 'see no evil, hear no evil, maybe no evil exists."'

Plant spokesman Alan Griffith said federal law prohibits him from discussing security matters, but he said that "our safety system is vast, multilayered, not dependent on any one system. Public health or safety has never been compromised."

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said the agency does not comment on safety issues.

Seabrook is located on New Hampshire's seacoast, a few miles from the Massachusetts border and about 40 miles north of Boston.