"Now I'll draw really a graphic example, and that is if somebody drove a bomb into the parking lot,
blew it up, killed a hundred people at a power reactor, that is not our problem. I know it sounds
terribly callous to say that, but thats a law enforcement problem, thats an FBI problem, thats an intelligence problem."
Question: it's not your problem in that it doesn't affect the facility?"
"It doesnt affect the general health and safety of the general public. The requirements we set for the power plants are are not all of the requirements they have to meet, but to satisfy us they have to protect the, uh, against radiation getting into the atmosphere and affecting the general public, and we don't set requirements that have to do with the protection of the people on the site, with the protection of the turbine buildings, or protection of non-vital areas- we have a narrow objective, and the question we put to ourselves is "are we doing enough to protect against that objective"
- NRC Commissioner Ivan Selin addressing a 1993 Congressional Committee.