On August 10, 2004, a coalition of national, regional, and local environmental, public interest, and nuclear watchdog organizations (including Cape Downwinders and Pilgrim Watch) petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold emergency enforcement hearings on a significant structural vulnerability to terrorism existing at 32 U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors located in 15 states.
Press Release; 96 KB PDF
The 2.206 Petition; 150 KB PDF
The Annex; supporting information; 440 KB PDF (NOTE: pg. 33 has an excellent diagram of the reactor building and radwaste pool)
"Nuclear reactors are predeployed weapons of mass destruction," said Deb Katz, Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network, a regional group and one of the petition's authors. "It is the NRC's job to protect our health and safety and assure public confidence in the regulatory process. Presently the NRC's efforts are inadequate," concluded Katz.
The petition spotlights the General Electric Mark I and Mark II boiling water reactor (BWR) designs, 24 Mark I and 8 Mark II reactors, where large inventories of highly radioactive waste - used reactor fuel rods - are currently stored in densely packed elevated storage ponds, above and outside the primary containment structure.