Friday, January 9, 2009

Security update needed on plant

Without any advance notice, the Corzine administration last week pulled the National Guard and State Police details that had been stationed at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey and the state's three other nuclear reactors since soon after the 9/11 attacks.

"We have evaluated how to more effectively deploy our resources and utilize state-of-the-art technology to enhance security arrangements at the nuclear reactors," state Attorney General Anne Milgram said. It would have been a nice gesture if Milgram or state Homeland Security Director Richard Canas had reviewed the new arrangements with state and local lawmakers first. Ocean County officials must insist they do so now.

Milgram says the National Guard and State Police are no longer needed because of the millions of dollars in security upgrades at the plant, a new video surveillance system tied to the State Police headquarters in Ewing and in-house security, which has replaced private security guards.

Asbury Park Press

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