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Protecting Sites from Terrorists
Some of the safety measures required by the U.S. government
are meant to protect against an attack by terrorists on a power
plant, waste site, or shipment of radioactive material. Terrorists
might try to spread radiation in order to cause deaths and
create panic among the public. In an effort to protect against
this, nuclear materials are well shielded, and the sites are kept
under guard. Power plants are surrounded by barriers to keep a
car or truck from barging in. Many nuclear experts believe that
terrorists are not likely to succeed in spreading large amounts
of radiation. If terrorists somehow managed to steal a container
carrying radioactive waste, hoping to spread the material, they
would probably die or be seriously hurt as a result of handling
the waste.
The Three Mile Island power plant in Pennsylvania, the scene of the most famous nuclear
accident in the United States.
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