With reports of American power plants across the country having their systems accessed by hackers, one group of scientists are calling out the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Southern California Edison for their recent decision to remove enhanced cyber-security systems at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. “It defies logic and it’s not technically sound,” Dr. Edwin Lyman, a Nuclear Scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists told NBC 7 Investigates. Scientists like Lyman point to a report released just last week as evidence for power plant operators to take cyber-security more seriously, even at closed power plants like San Onofre.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry testified to a Senate panel on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) budget request for fiscal year 2019, a plan that prioritizes nuclear security while making large cuts to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The budget proposal, a $500 million increase in funds over FY 2017, promotes innovations like a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and gains for the Office of Fossil Energy. Investments would be made to strengthen the National Nuclear Security Administration and modernize the nuclear force, as well as in weapons activities and advanced computing. The budget for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would drop to $696 million, down from $1.3 billion in FY 2017, with its focus shifted to early stage research and development (R&D). Overall, the department’s energy and related programs would be cut by $1.9 billion.
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