Radiation Evacuations Ordered – False Alarm

The National Automated Alert System’s announcement of a radiation emergency around Delano Nuclear Plant this morning has been confirmed to be a false alarm, according to Gammon Frappu NAAS spokesperson. The NAAS alert this morning caused confusion and alarm at about 10:30 this morning when the Nuclear Radiation Monitors (NRMs) between the Plant and Delano, GA indicated a large gamma radiation release. The Delano Nuclear Plant confirms reports that there have been no process upsets at the plant and none of the local radiation monitors have reported any out-of-band releases at the facility. “Our facility continues to operate safely, within all legal and safety constraints,” GT Seaborg, facility spokesperson, told reporters this afternoon. Delano Mayor Arrington Carter, told the assembled reporters that her office has been in direct communication with DNP, NAAS and the Georgia Department of Homeland Security. “All agencies of the State and Federal government currently agree that this morning’s alert was a false alarm,” Arrington explained, “I have asked the Governor to ensure that a complete investigation is quickly done to determine the cause of today’s alert.” A technician with DNP that is not authorized to talk to reporters told me that the NRMs used by NAAS are connected to the NAAS network by cell phone connections. cYbrg0D, an anonymous cybersecurity researcher, confirms that similar NRMs were recently hacked in Spain. She did not know if the ones actually in use in Georgia are the same model as those hacked in Spain. S. James Butts, Delano Police Chief, confirmed that there was some looting this morning in the downtown business district. “All of our officers were working evacuation missions, so we had no one working in the area,” Butts explained, “I am very proud of how well our folks implemented the radiation response evacuation plan. We will investigate the looting and arrest the perpetrators.” The mayor confirmed that the response form other city agencies was not as effectively done. “Once the dust settles, we will go back and relook at the response plan and how it was implemented this morning,” she said, “My main concern right now is finding out how this false alarm happened in the first place and how to prevent it from reoccurring. We do not need to cry wolf over a potentially very real problem.” CAUTIONARY NOTE: This is a future news story –Future ICS Security NewsRead More