Nuclear Power Plants on Alert Status
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government put the nation's nuclear power
plants on a heightened state of alert late Friday because of
information gained by the intelligence community, according to the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The intelligence did not specify that there is a threat directed
against nuclear power plants or outline any plot, said NRC
spokeswoman Beth Hayden.
But the NRC sent a special advisory to 103 nuclear power plants
to be cautious.
``This advisory is telling them to be on the lookout and to
report anything suspicious to the operations center,'' Hayden
Hayden noted that since Sept. 11 the nuclear power plants have
already been directed to increase security patrols, augment security
forces, install barricades and look for suspicious people trying to
conduct surveillance on the plant.