Thompson, Gordon (7 September 2002). Thompson Declaration in Support of a Petition by Avila Valley Advisory Council, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Peg Pinard, et al. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Resource and Security Studies. (36 pages).

This document is a declaration by the author before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to support the request of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace that the NRC consider new and more rigorous measures to protect the public against the threat that acts of malice or insanity will release radioactive material from nuclear facilities at the Diablo Canyon site.   Their Petition addresses two aspects of nuclear-facility operation at the Diablo Canyon site:   first, the pending application by the site licensee for a license for an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at the site, and second, the current operation of the two nuclear generation units at the site.  

The declaration has twelve sections.   After the introduction, Section II addresses the author’s professional qualifications.   Then, Section III provides some information about the Diablo Canyon nuclear facilities, including the proposed ISFSI.   Section IV provides a generic discussion of the history of, and potential for, acts of malice or insanity at nuclear facilities.   This is followed, in Section V, by a generic discussion of the protection provided by NRC regulations against acts of malice or insanity at nuclear facilities.   Section VI discusses the vulnerability of Diablo Canyon nuclear facilities to such acts.   Then,   Section VII outlines the potential offsite consequences of such acts at Diablo Canyon.   Section VIII describes the types of measure that are available to protect the public against acts of malice or insanity at nuclear facilities, including those at Diablo Canyon.   Section IX sets forth a process for consideration of such measures.   Section X sets forth an approach to managing sensitive information about the vulnerability of nuclear facilities.   Then, Section XI describes a set of interim measures that could improve public protection against acts of malice or insanity at Diablo Canyon.   Conclusions are presented in Section XII.  

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