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April 6, 2005

Running Time: 00:59:48
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NOTE: This is a recording of a telephone news conference.

Spent nuclear fuel stored in pools at some of the nation's 103 operating commercial nuclear reactors may be at risk from terrorist attacks, says a new report from the National Academies' Board on Radioactive Waste Management. The report calls on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct plant-by-plant analyses to obtain a better understanding of potential risks and to ensure that power-plant operators take prompt and effective measures to reduce the possible consequences of terrorist attacks.

Louis J. Lanzerotti, Consultant Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, N.J., and Distinguished Professor for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark.