The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a new policy regarding handguns that has some employees worried. New regulations will put the halt on security officers being able to carry handguns on the job. This change worries those that work around the facilities, especially at night. TVA Officials feel they have sufficient security measures in place to keep their employees and nuclear facilities safe. This new policy change is scheduled to take effect August 15.
“The nuclear industry has a new policy leaving local workers worried about their safety.”
“It’s a change that one employee calls dangerous.”
“He believes he may be risking his job to talk about the change but wants the public to be aware.”
“Paul Tackett says nuclear power plants are considered high value targets to terrorists and it’s the job of security officers to keep everyone safe.”
‘”Radiological release, that’s what they’re after. Terrorists are after to kill as many as they can in the quickest way,” he said.’
“Because other protective measures are in place to ensure the security of nuclear sites, the nuclear industry is in the process of eliminating handguns that are not required for the protective strategy of nuclear power plants. These changes have been successfully implemented by other utilities. We will only take actions that improve our ability to protect our nuclear plants after following the regulatory review process.”