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NRC Staff Reject Concerns About Nuke Waste Vulnerability to Terrorism

"WASHINGTON -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers are rejecting the concerns of lawmakers, state officials and watchdog groups who say nuclear waste tightly packed in spent-fuel pools at U.S. power plants is vulnerable to terrorist attacks."

Source: National Journal, 11/21/2013

"Attack Ravages Power Grid. (Just a Test.)"

"WASHINGTON — In windowless rooms from here to California, nearly 10,000 electrical engineers, cybersecurity specialists, utility executives and F.B.I. agents furiously grappled over 48 hours with an unseen 'enemy' who tried to turn out the lights across America. The enemy injected computer viruses into grid control systems, bombed transformers and substations and knocked out power lines by the dozen."

Source: NY Times, 11/15/2013

Here I Am

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Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

By Alan Huffman
Grove Press, $25

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

This is not an environmental book. But it’s one in which all journalists, including SEJ members, can glean something about their craft – and perhaps themselves.

"Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize"

"LONDON -- Urging the destruction of 'an entire category' of unconventional weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 2013 Peace Prize on Friday to a relatively modest and little-known United Nations-backed body that has drawn sudden attention with a mission to destroy Syria’s stocks of chemical arms under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States."

Source: NY Times, 10/11/2013

"Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid"

"WASHINGTON — It’s electrifying. Iran and Venezuela want to destroy the United States, so they conspire with a rogue Russian spy to launch a cyberattack on the North American power grid, beginning by electrocuting a lineman in North Dakota. Their main obstacle is a small-town sheriff in the state’s badlands, Nate Osborne, a former Marine Corps lieutenant in Afghanistan whose titanium leg ultimately saves the day."

Source: NY Times, 09/11/2013

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