Tuesday, August 14, 2018

North Anna Power Station, documentary film at visitor center from Dominion Power

I toured the North Anna Power Station, which is one of two in Virginia owned by Dominion Power today.

The visitor center features a 10-minute film, which focuses on how spent fuel rods are cooled under water and stored underground on site.

But I embedded “North Anna: One Year Later” which refers to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake near Mineral Va, very close to the power station on Aug. 23, 2011. 

Staff says that Dominion Power is a regulated monopoly in Virginia, so it has to get approval from the state for cybersecurity improvements, which are underway. Presumably this might include removing any hidden malware supposedly placed by the Russians in some utilities as far back as 2012 by sabotage. Actual power generation is separated from the Internet, like military systems;  also there are security procedures not to allow the reading of most removable media.

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