[ISN] Driver hits NIPSCO pole; surge fries sewage treatment plant

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 00:06:03 -0600 (CST)

Chesterton Tribune

When a motorist, at approximately 12:11 a.m. on Sunday, struck a NIPSCO 
pole on Woodlawn Ave. just west of North Eighth Street, he not only 
interrupted electric service to the Chesterton wastewater treatment 
plant, he caused a power surge which zapped into oblivion the whole of 
the plant’s automated computer system.

Since early Sunday morning, Superintendent Steve Yagelski told the Town 
Council at its meeting Monday night, operators have been working the 
plant by hand, after the computer system known as SCADA - tasked with 
running the facility automatically-was fried and failed.

Yagelski hastened to add that no by-pass occurred, thanks to the fact 
that a backup alarm system not connected to SCADA activated and alerted 

One backup system which did not work, however, was the emergency power 
supposed to be provided by two generators. Yagelski told the Chesterton 
Tribune after the meeting that the surge was so powerful and 
comprehensive that SCADA failed before it could send the activation 
message to that pair of generators.


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