Terrorism and Nuclear Power


The World Trade Center and Pentagon plane attacks have raised concern as to how nuclear plants are protected from such events. Suicidal attacks using airplanes fully loaded with fuel were not considered in the design basis. However, airliner crashes, nearby explosions, and fires have been considered in the design of most plants. The plant safety analysis and the Appendix R regulations govern these design requirements. 

In the 4 years since the 9/11 event, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has hardened the security of US civilian nuclear plants to greatly reduce the likelihood of them being a terrorist target. Each plant has multiple barriers, as shown below, to prevent intrusion.

Guards are stationed throughout the plants. Roving guards patrol the plants with automatic weapons. The Security page provides more detail.

Many visitor centers located on plant sites have been shutdown. However, interested school and industry groups can still schedule tours. The NRC has deleted a lot of plant-specific information from their website. However, they still have educational materials available in the students and teachers part of their site.

A number of visitors to this website have expressed concern about where the US nuclear plants are located. The NRC map and table below identify the locations of all plants. In addition, the table identifies the plant licensing docket number, plant type (BWR or PWR), plant owner (or operator), and NRC region that monitors the plant.

Plant Name Docket Number Reactor Type Location Owner/Operator
Beaver Valley 1 50-334 PWR 17 MI W of McCandless,  PA FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.
Beaver Valley 2 50-412 PWR 17 MI W of McCandless,  PA FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.
Calvert Cliffs 1 50-317 PWR 40 MI S of Annapolis,  MD Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Inc.
Calvert Cliffs 2 50-318 PWR 40 MI S of Annapolis,  MD Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Inc.
FitzPatrick 50-333 BWR 8 MI NE of Oswego,  NY New York Power Authority
Ginna 50-244 PWR 20 MI NE of Rochester,  NY Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.
Hope Creek 1 50-354 BWR 18 MI SE of Wilmington,  NJ PSEG Nuclear, LLC
Indian Point 2 50-247 PWR 24 MI N of New York City,  NY Entergy Nuclear Opeations, Inc.
Indian Point 3 50-286 PWR 24 MI N of New York City,  NY Entergy Nuclear Opeations, Inc.
Limerick 1 50-352 BWR 21 MI NW of Philadelphia,  PA Exelon Generating Co.
Limerick 2 50-353 BWR 21 MI NW of Philadelphia,  PA Exelon Generating Co.
Millstone 2 50-336 PWR 3.2 MI WSW of New London,  CT Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc.
Millstone 3 50-423 PWR 3.2 MI WSW of New London,  CT Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc.
Nine Mile Point 1 50-220 BWR 6 MI NE of Oswego,  NY Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.
Nine Mile Point 2 50-410 BWR 6 MI NE of Oswego,  NY Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.
Oyster Creek 50-219 BWR 9 MI S of Toms River,  NJ AmerGen Energy Co., LLC
Peach Bottom 2 50-277 BWR 17.9 MI S of Lancaster,  PA Exelon Generating Co.
Peach Bottom 3 50-278 BWR 17.9 MI S of Lancaster,  PA Exelon Generating Co.
Pilgrim 1 50-293 BWR 4 MI SE of Plymouth,  MA Entergy Nuclear Generation Co.
Salem 1 50-272 PWR 18 MI S of Wilmington,  DE PSEG Nuclear, LLC
Salem 2 50-311 PWR 18 MI S of Wilmington,  DE Public Service Electric & Gas Co.
Seabrook 1 50-443 PWR 13 MI S of Portsmouth,  NH North Atlantic Energy Service Corp.
Susquehanna 1 50-387 BWR 7 MI NE of Berwick,  PA PPL Susquehanna, LLC
Susquehanna 2 50-388 BWR 7 MI NE of Berwick,  PA PPL Susquehanna, LLC
Three Mile Island 1 50-289 PWR 10 MI SE of Harrisburg,  PA AmerGen Energy Co., LLC
Vermont Yankee 50-271 BWR 5 MI S of Battleboro,  VT Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp.
Browns Ferry 1 50-259 BWR 10 MI NW of Decatur,  AL Tennessee Valley Authority
Browns Ferry 2 50-260 BWR 10 MI NW of Decatur,  AL Tennessee Valley Authority
Browns Ferry 3 50-296 BWR 10 MI NW of Decatur,  AL Tennessee Valley Authority
Brunswick 1 50-325 BWR 2 MI N of Southport,  NC Carolina Power & Light Co.
Brunswick 2 50-324 BWR 2 MI N of Southport,  NC Carolina Power & Light Co.
Catawba 1 50-413 PWR 6 MI NW of Rock Hill,  SC Duke Energy Corp.
Catawba 2 50-414 PWR 6 MI NW of Rock Hill,  SC Duke Energy Corp.
Crystal River 3 50-302 PWR 7 MI NW of Crystal River,  FL Florida Power Corp.
Farley 1 50-348 PWR 18 MI SE of Dothan,  AL South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
Farley 2 50-364 PWR 18 MI SE of Dothan,  AL South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
Harris 1 50-400 PWR 20 MI SW of Raleigh,  NC Progress Energy
Hatch 1 50-321 BWR 11 MI N of Baxley,  GA South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
Hatch 2 50-366 BWR 11 MI N of Baxley,  GA South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
McGuire 1 50-369 PWR 17 MI S of Charlotte,  NC Duke Energy Corp.
McGuire 2 50-370 PWR 17 MI S of Charlotte,  NC Duke Energy Corp.
North Anna 1 50-338 PWR 40 MI NW of Richmond,  VA Virginia Electric & Power Co.
North Anna 2 50-339 PWR 40 MI NW of Richmond,  VA Virginia Electric & Power Co.
Oconee 1 50-269 PWR 30 MI W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Corp.
Oconee 2 50-270 PWR 30 MI W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Corp.
Oconee 3 50-287 PWR 30 MI W of Greenville,  SC Duke Energy Corp.
Robinson 2 50-261 PWR 26 MI from Florence,  SC Carolina Power & Light Co.
Saint Lucie 1 50-335 PWR 12 MI SE of Ft. Pierce,  FL Florida Power & Light Co.
Saint Lucie 2 50-389 PWR 12 MI SE of Ft. Pierce,  FL Florida Power & Light Co.
Sequoyah 1 50-327 PWR 9.5 MI NE of Chattanooga,  TN Tennessee Valley Authority
Sequoyah 2 50-328 PWR 9.5 MI NE of Chattanooga,  TN Tennessee Valley Authority
Summer 50-395 PWR 26 MI NW of Columbia,  SC South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
Surry 1 50-280 PWR 17 MI NW of Newport News,  VA Virginia Electric & Power Co.
Surry 2 50-281 PWR 17 MI NW of Newport News,  VA Virginia Electric & Power Co.
Turkey Point 3 50-250 PWR 25 MI S of Miami,  FL Florida Power & Light Co.
Turkey Point 4 50-251 PWR 25 MI S of Miami,  FL Florida Power & Light Co.
Vogtle 1 50-424 PWR 26 MI SE of Augusta,  GA South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
Vogtle 2 50-425 PWR 26 MI SE of Augusta,  GA South Nuclear Operating Co., Inc.
Watts Bar 1 50-390 PWR 10 MI S of Spring City,  TN Tennessee Valley Authority
Braidwood 1 50-456 PWR 24 MI SSW of Joilet,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Braidwood 2 50-457 PWR 24 MI SSW of Joilet,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Byron 1 50-454 PWR 17 MI SW of Rockford,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Byron 2 50-455 PWR 17 MI SW of Rockford,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Clinton 50-461 BWR 6 MI E of Clinton,  IL AmerGen Energy Co., LLC
D.C. Cook 1 50-315 PWR 11 MI S of Benton Harbor,  MI Indiana Michigan Power Co.
D.C. Cook 2 50-316 PWR 11 MI S of Benton Harbor,  MI Indiana Michigan Power Co.
Davis-Besse 50-346 PWR 21 MI ESE of Toledo,  OH FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.
Dresden 2 50-237 BWR 9 MI E of Morris,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Dresden 3 50-249 BWR 9 MI E of Morris,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Duane Arnold 50-331 BWR 8 MI NW of Cedar Rapids,  IA Nuclear Management Co., LLC
Fermi 2 50-341 BWR 25 MI NE of Toledo,  MI Detriot Edison Co.
Kewaunee 50-305 PWR 27 MI E of Green Bay,  WI Nuclear Management Corp.
La Salle 1 50-373 BWR 11 MI SE of Ottawa,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
La Salle 2 50-374 BWR 11 MI SE of Ottawa,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Monticello 50-263 BWR 30 MI NW of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co.
Palisades 50-255 PWR 5 MI S of South Haven,  MI Consumers Energy Co.
Perry 1 50-440 BWR 7 MI NE of Painesville,  OH FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.
Point Beach 1 50-266 PWR 13 MI NNW of Manitowoc,  WI Nuclear Management Co., LLC
Point Beach 2 50-301 PWR 13 MI NNW of Manitowoc,  WI Nuclear Management Co., LLC
Prairie Island 1 50-282 PWR 28 MI SE of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co.
Prairie Island 2 50-306 PWR 28 MI SE of Minneapolis,  MN Nuclear Management Co.
Quad Cities 1 50-254 BWR 20 MI NE of Moline,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Quad Cities 2 50-265 BWR 20 MI NE of Moline,  IL Exelon Generating Co.
Arkansas Nuclear 1 50-313 PWR 6 MI WNW of Russellville,  AR Entergy Operations, Inc.
Arkansas Nuclear 2 50-368 PWR 6 MI WNW of Russellville,  AR Entergy Operations, Inc.
Callaway 50-483 PWR 10 MI SE of Fulton,  MO Union Electric Co.
Columbia 50-397 BWR 12 MI NW of Richland,  WA Energy Northwest
Comanche Peak 1 50-445 PWR 4 MI N of Glen Rose,  TX TXU Electric & Gas
Comanche Peak 2 50-446 PWR 4 MI N of Glen Rose,  TX TXU Electric & Gas
Cooper 50-298 BWR 23 MI S of Nebraska City,  NE Nebraska Public Power District
Diablo Canyon 1 50-275 PWR 12 MI WSW of San Luis Obispo,  CA Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Diablo Canyon 2 50-323 PWR 12 MI WSW of San Luis Obispo,  CA Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Fort Calhoun 50-285 PWR 19 MI N of Omaha,  NE Omaha Public Power District
Grand Gulf 1 50-416 BWR 25 MI S of Vicksburg,  MS Entergy Operations, Inc.
Palo Verde 1 50-528 PWR 36 MI W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co.
Palo Verde 2 50-529 PWR 36 MI W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co.
Palo Verde 3 50-530 PWR 36 MI W of Phoenix,  AZ Arizona Public Service Co.
River Bend 1 50-458 BWR 24 MI NNW of Baton Rouge,  LA Entergy Operations, Inc.
San Onofre 2 50-361 PWR 4 MI SE of San Clemente,  CA South California Edison Co.
San Onofre 3 50-362 PWR 4 MI SE of San Clemente,  CA South California Edison Co.
South Texas 1 50-498 PWR 12 MI SSW of Bay City,  TX STP Nuclear Operating Co.
South Texas 2 50-499 PWR 12 MI SSW of Bay City,  TX STP Nuclear Operating Co.
Waterford 3 50-382 PWR 20 MI W of New Orleans,  LA Entergy Operations, Inc.
Wolf Creek 1 50-482 PWR 3.5 MI NE of Burlington,  KS Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp.

The page United States Reactor Information provides a more detaiiled imagemap. In addition, more detailed maps (e.g. with aerial views) are available under certain circumstances.


Copyright 1996-2006.  The Virtual Nuclear Tourist. All rights reserved. Revised: February 10, 2006.