Plymouth: NRC says disaster drill at Pilgrim went well

More than one year in the planning, last Wednesday’s simulated hostile attack on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant utilized the combined forces of the NRC, FEMA, state and local officials and emergency response teams from eight surrounding towns.

The group gave a public evaluation of the operation.

Steve Barr, the NRC’s Region One Senior Emergency Preparedness Inspector, described the simulated attack:  “The scenario was based on a hostile attack by intruders that snuck into the site through a truck an overwhelmed the site security force at the entry point and then proceeded to blow up a structure on site.” 

Barr and his team watched from many different facilities at the site to monitor how the Pilgrim staff responded to the loss of equipment, their coordination with outside law enforcement and their ability to control the event and provide for public protection.

When asked how he would rate the team performed, Barr said, “The staff did well.”

FEMA’s role was to evaluate the state’s response to the terrorist attack as well as that of the surrounding  communities.

Agency spokesman Dennis Pinkham said “The communities had to take particularly careful action about what they were going to do in notifying the public and their was a shelter-in-place order, and the communities all responded to that.”

The NRC will post a report online next month.

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.