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We Are Not Amused: Government Lists Location of Civilian Nuclear Sites June 3, 2009

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VictoriaPodNowadays I wake up in the morning, drink my tea, turn on the television and react accordingly to morning news from the Obama Administration:

I laugh out loud.

This morning the Drudge Report tipped everyone off on this report:

Gov’t posts sensitive list of US nuclear sites

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and H. JOSEF HEBERT

The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States, but U.S. officials said Wednesday the posting included no information that compromised national security.

The 266-page document was published on May 6 as a transmission from President Barack Obama to Congress. According to the document, the list was required by law and will be provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Some of the pages are marked “highly confidential safeguards sensitive.”

Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, said the document had been reviewed by a number of U.S. agencies and that disclosure of the information did not jeopardize national security. He said the document is part of an agreement on nuclear material inspection under the IAEA’s nuclear nonproliferation effort.

“While we would have preferred it not be released, the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Commerce and the NRC all thoroughly reviewed it to ensure that no information of direct national security significance would be compromised,” LaVera said in a statement.

An Energy Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said none of the sites on the list are directly part of the government’s nuclear weapons infrastructure.

Included in the report, however, are details on a storage facility for highly enriched uranium at the Y-12 complex at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and some sites at the Energy Department’s Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, this official acknowledged.

Beth Hayden, a spokeswoman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the agency reviewed the document as it relates to civilian facilities with NRC licenses and “we are confident that information of direct national security significance was not compromised.”

The NRC has jurisdiction over commercial nuclear power plants and civilian uranium processing and storage facilities.

The publication of the list was first reported in an online secrecy newsletter Monday. The document had been posted on the Government Printing Office Web site, but has since been removed from that site.

In a statement, the Government Printing Office said Wednesday: “Upon being informed about potential sensitive nature of the attachment in this document, the Public Printer of the United States removed it from GPO’s Web site pending further review. After consulting with the White House and Congress, it was determined that the document, including sensitive attachment, should be permanently removed from the Web site.”

The GPO said it processes and produces approximately 160 House documents during the two-year congressional cycle, and the list was received by the agency in the normal process and produced under routine operating procedures.

The document includes both government and civilian nuclear facilities, all of which have various levels of security, including details and location of nation’s 103 commercial nuclear power reactors, information readily available from various sources.

The document details the location of the nuclear sites and what is being done there.

For instance, there are nuclear reactors at the Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburgh, Pa. This facility is currently working on research into what happens when there are accidents with the nuclear reactors. The project started in 2006 and is expected to end in 2012, according to the document.

There are “zero” national security implications to the publication of this document, said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. Aftergood found the document on the GPO Web site and highlighted it in his online bulletin.

“I regret that some people are painting it as a roadmap for terrorists because that’s not what it is,” Aftergood said.

“This is not a disclosure of sensitive nuclear technologies or of facility security procedures. It is simply a listing of the numerous nuclear research sites and the programs that are under way,” Aftergood said. “And so it poses no security threat whatsoever.”

Oh, how lovely. If it poses no security threat then why did they remove the list from the internet? My prediction is that the Obama administration will again be diplomatically vague about the situation.

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4 Responses to “We Are Not Amused: Government Lists Location of Civilian Nuclear Sites”

  1. manbearpig68 Says:

    “While we would have preferred it not be released, the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Commerce and the NRC all thoroughly reviewed it to ensure that no information of direct national security significance would be compromised,”

    Of Course!

    All big F-Up’s are downplayed by media and Obama gov. for their own benefit and it shows how little they care about the people and everything is for the profit of their own agenda.

    The same story with terrorists.. Liberal Media and Obamabats always play it down. Just like when the last four terrorists were busted in NYC.. Chuck Schumer, NY times, etc. said they were unsophisticated and not a real threat..

    What do call high-jacking a plane? Unsophisticated.. but it killed 3000 people on American soil..

  2. RonB Says:

    No one can honestly believe that this was an accident! Not with these people hell bent on destroying America from within.

  3. realwest Says:

    Two points: First, “The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States,” is manifestly not true. Some PERSON in the government posted the list on the Internet – maybe by accident.
    Secondly, if this wasn’t important information, why did at least four different governmental agencies review it to make sure no “truly” sensitive” information was released? Perhaps because SOME of the pages were clearly marked as ““highly confidential safeguards sensitive.”?
    Now I accept that the “government” is really just a bunch of people (shortly to be playing with “monopoly money” but still people) and indeed, people make mistakes. But why was this 266 page document electronically transmitted instead of being printed and hand delivered to all the receipients from whom reciepts would have been obtained? Was it, AT LEAST printed in PDF format? If not are people going to compare every word in the “original electronically transmitted” document to the hard copies folks will be making?
    I don’t really think this was intentional. I don’t really think it was transmitted electronically by some subverse(s) in the government, but I think the whole damn procedure for getting
    “highly confidential safeguards sensitive” documents to their intended recipients.

    • realwest Says:

      Rats. In my comment above (#3) I inadvertently left out that the whole damn proceedur for getting “highly confidential safeguards sensitive.” distributed to their intended recipients and ONLY to their intended receipients be thoroughly reviewed
      and – my preference – CHANGED.


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