Most nuclear power plants that exist today were designed between 1960 and 1980; almost none was constructed around the world after 1986, when public perception about nuclear energy changed drastically due to the Chernobyl accident. Yet, many plants remain in service and new ones are being planned as crude oil prices soar and conservative estimates calculate that the price per barrel will reach US$200 during the next decade.
This means that the odds of a new Chernobyl taking place will begin to increase due to market pressures and economic needs; that will indeed be bad, but the presence of able and fanatical terrorist groups willing and capable of striking any place with enough explosive power to actually perforate the shields that protect us from core radiation at any nuclear station, makes it necessary to review all security standards related to the atomic industry.
The current status is, unfortunately, dismal: almost no plant in the world is capable of resisting a committed attack of the kind that terrorists can mount today. Read more about this here
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