Nuclear Power Plants As Weapons For the Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril

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Nuclear Power Plants As Weapons For the Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril

By Bennett Ramberg
University of California Press, 1985
193 pp. $8.95
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The author is probably correct in asserting that the risk created by the possibility of nuclear power reactors being bombed by hostile forces has not been adequately recognized. Israel destroyed an uncompleted nuclear reactor near Baghdad in 1981 and Iraqi aircraft attacked a partly constructed nuclear power plant in 1984. Ramberg explains how the bombing, with conventional explosives, of a major nuclear power station or waste-storage reservation could contaminate thousands of square miles. He identifies places around the globe where this could occur, and suggests ways to diminish the vulnerability of such facilities through physical safeguards and legal restraints.