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Foolhardy and dangerous: The Nuclear Energy Institute industry group wants to reduce cyber-protection standards.

Reuters 16th March 2018, A science advocacy group urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on
Friday to reject a longstanding industry request to limit cyber attack  protections at nuclear plants, a day after the Trump administration publicly blamed Moscow for hacking into nuclear power and other energy infrastructure.

The Nuclear Energy Institute industry group petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in June 2014 to limit the scope of the agency’s cyber-protection safeguards to only systems with a direct impact on safety. The institute said in the petition that such limits would be “less burdensome” for operators of nuclear power plants while being “adequately protective” of public health and safety.

The petition is “foolhardy at best and, at worse, downright dangerous,” said Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit science advisory group.

March 19, 2018 - Posted by | safety, USA

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