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Persons wishing to attack a nuclear reactor or other nuclear facility have a wide range of options. They may seek to intercept or sabotage shipments of fuel or waste; invade a facility using armed force or deception, then proceed to steal radioactive material, blow up the facility, or (if it is a reactor) cause it to melt down; or seek to breach the containments of reactors or waste-storage facilities using truck bombs, missiles, hijacked aircraft, or other means. All facilities containing significant amounts of radioactive material must therefore be defended from a wide range of possible attacks.
Reactor and waste-storage security has been based on a concept known as "defense-in-depth." The defense-in-depth method requires that each nuclear facility be surrounded by concentric security barriers. The outermost barrier must be an array of fencing and razor wire strategically designed to delay and entrap intruders. The grounds near the fence, inside and out, are monitored by intrusion detection devices, and vehicles can only enter through checkpoints staffed by armed guards. Vehicle and pedestrian access is strictly controlled.
Safeguards Technology, LLC has successfully completed defense-in-depth projects at over 25 nuclear and energy producing facilities in the United States and Canada.
Security Delay Barrier Fencing System
Soon after the terrorist attacks of 2001, America saw the need for making substantial improvements to the security of the nation's vulnerable infrastructure. Immediate security upgrades were put into place at the nation's nuclear generating stations. These same plants were required to meet still stricter regulations enforced by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission'sDesign Basis Threat. That order called for mandatory compliance." A key nuclear operator in the United States then presented this challenge to Safeguards Technology: Design a barrier configuration tough enough to meet the NRC's standards and install the system within the deadline. The barrier fence system Safeguards designed is configured to detect intrusions using multiple security devices, including fence vibration sensors, fiber optic detection cable, and infrared/ microwave dual technology systems. Formidable barriers were created using both welded mesh anti-climb fencing and high-density Welded Razor Mesh® fencing. All of the sites operated by this corporation have since passed the NRC's force-on-force evaluations.
Security Delay Barrier Fencing System
A northeastern U.S. public service utility was facing closure of its nuclear generating stations if it did not meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new stricter security measures. Having seen the effectiveness of Safeguards Technology’s barrier system implemented at existing nuclear site projects, Safeguards Technology was awarded a sole source contract to design and install 9,000 linear feet of a high-tech perimeter security and delay system robust enough to meet the NRC’s specifications.
Safeguards Technology designed a delay barrier system that combined the intrusion detection capabilities of fence vibration sensor systems and fiber optic detection technology, with rigid, robust anti-climbing welded mesh fencing and Welded Razor Mesh® fencing. Within four months, these nuclear generating stations were furnished with a delay barrier fencing system that passed force-on-force evaluations with more than favorable results. This led to a successful renewal of the sites’ operating permits.
Project Solutions: Vital Energy - Intercontinental
Pipeline security continues to be a critical need of oil and gas providers and Safeguards Technology, LLC has solutions that are uniquely designed to protect the critical infrastructure that transports this vital energy component. From fiber optic detection solutions to fencing barriers STL has an answer for protecting fuel deliveries from discovery to refinery
Underwater & Buried Intrusion Detection Systems - Intercontinental
Defining and maintaining stand-off distances, deploying both underwater and buried IDS systems and developing a comprehensive and systematic approach to public water safety while protecting the nations vital energy needs requires customized solutions that Safeguards Technology LLC has vast experience in designing and deploying around the world