I found this video to be interesting. Maybe you will, too.

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Jonathan · January 24, 2022 at 8:16 am

Several years ago, I had a job interview and the now rare opportunity to tour a nuclear plant.

To me, the security was heavy but generally much more sensible than what I’ve seen elsewhere.
Much better than military bases and airports and no hassle.

Having said that, they should NOT have released half of this video – it shows too much.

Nonlinr · January 24, 2022 at 9:14 am

Pre-9/11 I went to an interview at a nuclear power plant and brought my girlfriend with me. They didn’t mind at all. I also used to do some stuff at NIST on the neutron beam lines and would just walk right into the building, sometimes with my girlfriend if we were going out. Men with guns appeared after 9/11.

    Divemedic · January 24, 2022 at 10:07 am

    The plants I walked into all had armed guards, even back in the 80s. The bulletproof guard stations, magnetometers, and xray machines are all new, though.

      George · January 24, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      The first active nuclear plant I work at was in 1992. To get into the protected area, one had to go through a metal detector and stand in an explosives detector for 30 seconds, as well as passing all carried items through an X-ray machine. Then, one had to use a badge which was checked by a guard to operate a turnstile to enter the area.

      I got real good at knowing how much metal I could carry without setting off the metal detector, down to if I had my clear wire-rimmed safety glasses on, I couldn’t carry my dark wire-rimmed safety glasses through.

      Nonlinr · January 24, 2022 at 1:57 pm

      The power plant I went into had lots of checkpoints and radiation monitors that you had to go through for the doors to open. I set off one and they said it was just some radioactive gas that accumulated under the bump cap and sure enough I took it off and put it back on and could get through. NIST is government research so they didn’t seem to care until they had to care. University of Maryland also has a very small research reactor in the chem/nuc engineering building.

        Divemedic · January 24, 2022 at 2:51 pm

        Radiological control points are different. Security didn’t run those. That was done by other departments.

Gerry · January 24, 2022 at 10:59 am

The company I worked for did inspections at several nuke plants in the northeast in the 1990’s The same inspection as shown took place with the vehicle and personal inspection.

We drove up to the containment building, and another round of inspections took place as we were contractors not employees.

My boss shook his head because no one ever looked in the 4″ by 6″ crates we stored our gear in the back of the van.

When we did work at Naval Nuclear Fuels, the check everywhere. I think those boys and girls were serious.

D · January 24, 2022 at 1:31 pm

They’re doing cyber security now?
I can only imagine the class: “Don’t open email attachments. Don’t plug anything into the computer. This concludes our security class.”

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