Our commitment at our nuclear facilities
Nuclear power energy facilities are among the safest and most secure industrial facilities in the United States, and Georgia Power's nuclear facilities are no exception. Nuclear energy plants have operated safely throughout the United States for decades. New plants are built on these tested designs and incorporate additional safety features developed over the past 30 years.
- The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)—sets high safety standards for all 100 U.S. nuclear plants—monitoring plant performance and sharing best practices across all plants.
- INPO certifies rigorous training programs for all nuclear facilities operators: These highly trained nuclear professionals are certified by the federal government and must go through refresher training once every five weeks. The yearly training includes challenging scenarios and simulators, much like airline pilots.
- Nuclear facilities have a proven performance record. In more than 50 years of operation, not one member of the public has been injured by a U.S. nuclear energy facility.
- Nuclear energy facilities are among the safest places to work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that working at a nuclear energy facility is safer than working in the financial industry or in real estate.
Nuclear energy facilities are the best-defended facilities in the nation's industrial infrastructure. Security at nuclear energy facilities must meet the high standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- The strength of nuclear energy facilities against aircraft impacts has been repeatedly tested in state-of-the-art computer simulations; results confirm there would be no release of radioactivity as a result of aircraft impacts.
- In the years since the September 11 attacks, numerous enhancements have been implemented, including significant increases in the number of armed security officers, widespread use of imposing physical security features, intruder detection systems and enhanced security training programs.
- Since 2001, the U.S. nuclear energy industry has invested more than $2.1 billion in security improvements.