WASHINGTON (CN) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to make it a federal crime to bring weapons or explosives into facilities it regulates, which store nuclear material.
Currently, violators have to be prosecuted under state law.
The rule would make it a federal crime for anyone, “without authorization” to bring explosives or weapons or components that could be combined to form either into the protected areas of nuclear facilities. People whose job it is to bring explosives or weapons to work would still be allowed to do so.
The new rule would require all NRC licensees or certificate holders to post the following notice at the entrance to each facility: “The willful unauthorized introduction of any dangerous weapon, explosive, or other dangerous instrument or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property into or upon these premises is a Federal crime. (42 U.S.C. 2278a.)”
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