October 12, 2001
Bernard Lord, Premier of New Brunwick
Dear Mr. Premier,
Because of the threat of a terrorist attack, we urge you to immediately order the temporary shutdown of the Point Lepreau reactor now operating in New Brunswick. New Brunswick can rely on additional coal-fired or oil-fired production, or electricity imports from Quebec and Nova Scotia for the immediate future. New Brunswick has substantial surplus generating and import capacity at this time, allowing you to take this precautionary move without interrupting service to customers.
A terrorist attack on New Brunswick’s nuclear power station, when operating, could kill thousands of people in the region and cause many billions of dollars in damage to property. An attack on a reactor that has been temporarily shut down poses no risk of a terrorist induced meltdown.
Having taken a decision to put New Brunswick’s reactor in safe condition, we urge you to announce this fact as a further measure to reduce risk to local citizens.