Scott D Portzline
Scott D. Portzline has researched sabotage and terrorism protection of nuclear power plants since 1984. His research has been cited by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Center for International and Strategic Affairs. He has testified in hearings to the U.S. Senate and several other governmental bodies. His academic-style research along with his citizen activism has helped to resolve problems with security vulnerabilities at U.S. nuclear plants and with radioactive materials in the U.S..
Some of his recommendations have been carried out at U.S. nuclear plants. His recognition that truck bomb "setback distances" were insufficient and his diligence to pursue the correction of this security gap paid off when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) finally adopted the proper distances after more than a decade of pressure.
The Homeland Security News Wire reported in 2010 that Portzline alerted the DHS to a sensitive document available online which served as a virtual how-to manual for attacking a nuclear plant with an airplane. It "has been removed from the sites at the request of Three Mile Island Alert, a mid-state watchdog group."
In 2004, Portzline brought to national attention how an NRC database which was accessible to anyone via the internet, could be used by terrorists to learn the precise location of dangerous radioactive materials used in industries, universities and hospitals. His efforts resulted in the NRC’s purging of hundreds of sensitive pages from public access.
In 1995, he began studying the problems of lost and stolen nuclear materials within the U.S. after discovering no other citizen was "watch-dogging" this concern. Portzline has maintained a database of lost and stolen nuclear materials in the U.S and has successfully lobbied for stricter controls.
The Pittsburg Post Gazette said Portzline was "eerily prophetic" in his news release sent three days before the 9/11 attacks. Portzline was in opposition to many academics who believed that the goal of terrorist attacks is fear. "The 1990s have shown that terrorism is no longer just about instilling fear or gaining attention for a particular ideology. Some terrorists are now seeking a large body count. Clearly, adequate protection of nuclear power plants is a matter of national security.
As of July 13, 2018, Scott D's 4 articles like "Greenpeace Crashed Drone Into French Nuclear Plant" have totaled 25.8K views and shares.
Scott D's 4 most recent articles:
JUL 06 2018
Have They Finally Gone Too Far?
"A drone made to look like a flying Superman was steered into the spent fuel pool building by one of the activists in an attempt to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of terrorist attacks."
MAY 28 2018
Educating A Nation On Security And Safety
"Many are now challenging officer's requests and orders. Interactions have become more confrontational and not always at the hands of the citizens."
MAY 09 2018
This Won't End Well
"At least fifteen nations have their eyes on this latest use of nuclear reactors for utilization at oil and gas fields around the world."
MAR 12 2018
The need for clarity in American nuclear deterrence policy
"I never did get a direct response to the query. It was clear why. We had no answer. There was no policy."