Congressman Jindal Tours Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant
Washington, Jul 7 - Taft, LA - Congressman Bobby Jindal (LA-01) toured the Waterford 3 Nuclear Power Plant in St. Charles Parish today. The closed tour involved both a conversation about efforts currently undertaken to protect the nuclear facility and discussion of further efforts that are needed, on both the local and national level, to ensure the continued safety of this power plant and assess our country's nuclear vulnerabilities.
"It is essential that we continue to be vigilant in protecting our homeland security" Jindal said. "I am glad to have been able to tour the Waterford 3 facility, and I am pleased to see the efforts they have undertaken to upgrade and improve their security options. We, as a country, need to make sure we are doing the same thing. Homeland security funding must be based on need, not on politics. I will continue to work hard to make certain that Louisiana's ports and chemical and nuclear plants are properly protected."
The Waterford 3 Nuclear Power Plant is one of two nuclear plants in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana is also home to more than 100 chemical plants, and more than 5,000 ships call a Louisiana port home. More than 20 percent of the nation's oil supply is processed in Louisiana.
"In the wake of today's tragic events in London, the security of our nation's nuclear plants, chemical plants, and ports looms large," Jindal continued. "My condolences go out to all those in Great Britain affected by this tragedy. Great Britain stood strongly behind us after 9/11, and we will stand behind them at this tragic time. We must continue to be strong in fighting terrorism and protecting the innocent around the world."
Congressman Jindal is the Vice Chairman on the House Homeland Security subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks. The tour was part of Congressman Jindal's weeklong focus on homeland security, which includes meeting with State Police and National Guard officials on Wednesday and a flyover of Port Fourchon on Friday.