Tagged: infrastructure

Cybersecurity Gaps & Electric Grid Vulnerability

According to a new report released Tuesday by members of Congress, the critical infrastructure of the United States is enduring “daily,” “constant,” and “frequent” cyberattacks on its computer systems. The report refers to critical infrastructure as systems that are intrinsic to the daily operations of the United States, which include...

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

America’s Infrastructure GPA Rose Slightly in 2013 to D+

“Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.” From the executive summary: “Now the...

Still Picking Up the Pieces: The Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred in northeast Japan following a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. The earthquake, which developed on the ocean floor just off the coast of the country, generated a large tsunami which struck the power plant...

Nuclear Power Plant Safety in the U.S. a “Near-Miss”

The new report “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2012 Report: Tolerating the Intolerable” from the Union of Concerned Scientist is the third annual review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) implementation of safety policies in the U.S. nuclear power industry. “According to the report, the NRC’s lax oversight...

Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. From the Executive Order: “Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront....

What is the Cost of Failing to Invest in Infrastructure?

The report Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “presents an overall picture of the economic opportunity associated with infrastructure investment and the cost of failing to fill the investment gap.” “ASCE finds that with an...

Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and Resilience of New York State’s Infrastructure

NYS 2100 Commission: Recommnedations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure On Friday, January 11, 2013, the NYS2100 Commission released its preliminary report and recommendations following several severe weather events that have crippled New York’s critical infrastructure systems. “On November 15, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened...

Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, part of New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, released a report this month examining Hurricane Sandy’s impact on transportation in the New York Region during and after the storm. This storm “demonstrated the strengths and limits of the transportation...