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Hacking and Forced Meltdown of Nuclear Power Plants: Upwind of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia

By Duane Thresher, Ph.D.          September 21, 2021

In Nuclear 9/11, I wrote again about the hacking and forced meltdown of nuclear power plants, which Russia would love to attack the U.S. with since it also proves that a catastrophic meltdown like Chernobyl in 1986 can't only happen to them. I focused on Southern Nuclear power plants, which are in Georgia and Alabama, and their dangerous IT incompetent CIOs: current Russian-ransomwared Colonial Pipeline woman CIO Marie Mouchet and current Southern Nuclear black CIO Martin Davis. The U.S. Government, whose main reason for existence is to protect us from such an attack, cares only about the sex and race (euphemistically, diversity) of those, like CIOs, who are supposed to protect us from cyberattack, not about their competence. Worse for the South, the U.S. Government, based in the North around Washington DC, still, since the Civil War, considers the South an enemy to be destroyed and is fine with any catastrophes befalling it — Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans for example — including the horrible death of hundreds of thousands by radiation sickness. However, the U.S. Government should realize that it has its own extremely vulnerable nuclear power plants nearby. For example, the already 50 years old, but licensed for another 30 years, Peach Bottom nuclear power plant, which is near, by wind and water, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and is already notorious for its lax physical security, has its own dangerous IT incompetent woman CIO, Kelly Lyman. Letting nuclear power become a national security catastrophe is also a catastrophe for the environment, including climate, which the U.S. Government also pretends to care about, because it is the only climate-friendly power that can feasibly meet America's energy needs, as many environmentalists admit. Apscitu can fight to protect America, nuclear power, and the environment.

In Nuclear 9/11, I explained about the horrors of radiation sickness, specifically the effects, including death rates, of different dosages of radiation. This assumed no medical treatment, but as was made clear from Coronavirus, for the millions affected there would be no medical treatment. Note also that radiation sickness is equal opportunity death. It doesn't care about diversity; it kills regardless of sex or race ... or political affiliation.

Even for the lowest radiation dosage/death rate given, 10% of the population will be dead after 30 days, and more after that. 10% of the millions of people in cities near a single nuclear power plant is at least hundreds of thousands of people dead.

"Near" is within 150 miles, as I explained in Nuclear 9/11, the medically-advised radius around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant the Russian government seriously considered evacuating after the meltdown in 1986. The only reason they didn't evacuate to this radius was that logistical difficulty and appearances were more important to them than the safety of their own people (sound familiar?).

Kiev is about 65 miles from Chernobyl, as the wind blows; see fallout explanation in Nuclear 9/11, noting that fallout that is ingested (e.g. in drinking water) or inhaled is far deadlier than external exposure to it. Kiev is also about 65 miles from Chernobyl as the water flows: the Pripyat/Dnieper River. Cooling is the most important thing about nuclear power plants; see Ransomwared Nuclear Power Plants Upwind of Major U.S. Cities. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant had no cooling towers (or containment domes). It used the Pripyat River, which flows into the Dnieper River that Kiev is on, for cooling, which meant it could carry radioactive contamination there.

Kiev had a population of about 2.5 million people in 1986 and was de facto evacuated after the Chernobyl meltdown. That is, in the communist Russia of 1986, residents were not allowed to travel without government permission, but as radiation levels rose in Kiev, many left without explicit government permission but with its tacit approval, and even help. Later, over 360,000 children under the age of thirteen, and tens of thousands of nursing and pregnant women, were officially evacuated from Kiev.

Peach Bottom nuclear power plant is in Pennsylvania (PA) but just 3 miles north of the Maryland (MD) border, and is about 65 miles — like Chernobyl from Kiev — as the wind blows, from Washington DC and Rockville MD, home of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is one of the U.S. Government agencies responsible for the safety, including security, of nuclear power plants; see Nuclear 9/11. Peach Bottom is also about 35 miles, as the wind blows, from Baltimore MD, and about 55 miles, as the wind blows, from Philadelphia PA.

Peach Bottom nuclear power plant is old — already 50, but licensed for another 30 — and lacks modern cooling towers (and containment domes), like Chernobyl. For the all-important cooling, it mostly uses the Susquehanna River next to it, which flows into Chesapeake Bay, around which are Washington and Baltimore. In a meltdown, the Susquehanna River could also carry radioactive contamination to those cities.

The present metro area population of Washington is 5.4 million, the present metro area population of Baltimore is 2.3 million (about the same as Kiev in 1986), and the present metro area population of Philadelphia is 5.7 million.

10% of all of these means 1.3 million dead 30 days after a Peach Bottom nuclear power plant meltdown.

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is also on the Susquehanna River, 35 miles upstream from the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant. Three Mile Island had a near-meltdown in 1979; see Ransomwared Nuclear Power Plants Upwind of Major U.S. Cities. It is now closed but still radioactive. Interestingly, Georgian Jimmy Carter, another weak Democratic president like Joe Biden, was in office during the Three Mile Island near-meltdown.

Peach Bottom nuclear power plant has an abysmal safety record (including leaks of radioactive water into the Susquehanna River), to say the least, and this includes security. As recently as 2007, there was another scandal about the already minimal number of security guards being reported, after being filmed, by a whistleblower (who was fired after) as spending much of their time sleeping.

Physically breaking into Peach Bottom nuclear power plant would thus be easy and being able to physically access a computer makes hacking into it easy. Edward Snowden hacked the CIA and NSA this way. Hacking conventions, themselves of questionable legality, often have lock picking competitions.

Peach Bottom nuclear power plant is operated by PECO, which was originally called the Philadelphia Electric Company. Kelly Lyman is the woman CIO (Chief Information Officer) "responsible for all information technology at PECO".

An IT education is the most important IT credential and on her company leadership webpage, under Education, Kelly Lyman only says "has received Six Sigma Black Belt certification and has multiple project management and leadership certifications". Six Sigma, a term from statistics (meaning standard deviation) so meant to seem scientific, is a management certification, considered by many real experts to be a scam, particularly with its ridiculous use of a judo belt color hierarchy.

That Kelly Lyman gives only this as her education on her company leadership webpage is understandable since on her LinkedIn page, under Education, she only has an obscure community college that she only attended for a year, without receiving a degree, in business administration and an obscure adult learning online college that she "attended" for 8 years, without receiving a degree, in organizational leadership.

Not only does Kelly Lyman not have an IT education, she has no college degree at all.

Worse, also on her LinkedIn page Kelly Lyman gives her other certification: the Deloitte Next Generation CIO Academy. IT incompetent Deloitte was discussed in Dangerous Fraud Kelly Bissell, IT Incompetent Accenture Head CISO:
In Oct 2017 it was finally made public that, after almost 14 years with Kelly Bissell doing cybersecurity for Deloitte and probably starting while he was still there, Deloitte's email and administrative (root) accounts had been hacked, including those of clients the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (for the preceding agencies, see also the recent The Doomsday Microsoft Government Email Data Breach), as well as the U.S. Postal Service (see also The U.S. Mail SHOULD Be Worried About Email Competition).
This was right around the time that Kelly Lyman got her Deloitte CIO certification, which was years after she became PECO CIO.

Kelly Lyman is a dangerous IT incompetent. Like the incompetent physical security guards at Peach Bottom nuclear power plant, Kelly Lyman is never going to be able to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin 's hackers from remotely breaking in and forcing a meltdown.

For climate (I did climate modeling on supercomputers), the big concern is using low carbon (i.e. greenhouse gas carbon dioxide) emission power/energy, like solar, wind, and water, instead of using natural gas, oil, and coal. However, doing the math (I went to MIT) shows that solar, wind, and water are not feasible for providing enough power/energy to maintain the standard of living that Americans have worked for, become accustomed to, and will not give up. Nuclear is the only low carbon emission power/energy that can feasibly do this, as environmentalists admit.

As I explained in Dangerous Fraud Kelly Bissell, IT Incompetent Accenture Head CISO:
One of the basic responsibilities of the federal government in the U.S. Constitution is to provide for the common defense, which obviously means a competent one. It is thus a right and I am considering a lawsuit against the federal government for violating my right to a competent national defense by having IT incompetent national cybersecurity.
More immediately and directly in the fight to protect America, Apscitu, with me, the IT expert, doing the actual technical work, can do thorough on-site multi-week cybersecurity inspections of each nuclear power plant, with regular follow-ups.

This will also protect nuclear power and the environment.