Infrastructure Daily News 02.13.12

Transportation Sector

. February 10, Government Security News – (Indiana; National) Million dollar fine and conspiracy charges at company avoiding cargo screening laws. In what federal authorities say is the largest penalty ever assessed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) against a cargo company for intentional security violations, an air freight company will pay a $1 million civil fine and three employees face conspiracy charges. OHL Solutions, Inc., formerly called ActivAir, Inc., agreed to the $1 million fine and other remedial steps for shirking their responsibility to screen cargo destined for passenger aircraft for explosives prior to December 2010, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana said February 8. The charges follow a lengthy TSA investigation. Prosecutors allege that before December 2010, employees working for the New York-based company’s Indianapolis facility engaged in a systemic pattern of record-keeping violations by failing to properly screen 100 percent of air cargo for explosives as required by their security program. Employees are alleged to have continued to certify that air cargo had been screened and later shipped on passenger aircraft. As a result of the TSA investigation, three Indianapolis residents each agreed to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit federal reporting and record-keeping violations. Source:

. February 10, CNN – (North Carolina) Driver whisks 6 students off N.C. bus before it bursts into flames. After noticing smoke seeping inside, a North Carolina bus driver rushed six elementary school children off her vehicle moments before it burst into flames. The incident occurred February 8 as the bus was driving the children home from Chantilly Montessori Elementary School, a public school in Charlotte, a school district spokeswoman said. The driver was driving on her route through a Charlotte neighborhood when she detected a “burning smell” and pulled over to investigate. “As that was going on, smoke started to come from under the dash of the bus,” the driver recalled. At that point, the driver guided the young students to the back of the bus. Describing the children as “calm,” she said they exited “one-by-one” through the rear emergency exit. The bus driver said she and the students, ages 5 to 10, then “walked so far up the street” where they witnessed the smoke and flames engulf the vehicle. Source: index.html?hpt=us_c1

. February 9, Arlington Heights Daily Herald – (Illinois) Report: Bartlett train derailment caused by broken rail. A Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rail accident report brought up at a February 7 Bartlett, Illinois village board meeting shows a November freight train derailment was caused by a broken rail. The report, based on information submitted by the railroad, said equipment damage from the derailment amounted to almost $800,000, while track damage totaled more than $1.3 million. Canadian National Railway, the line that owns the train and the tracks, submitted the report. Twenty-two cars of the train derailed November 3 near Gifford and Spaulding roads at the Elgin-Bartlett border, disrupting a commute for about 11,000 Metra riders. Two of the derailed cars were tankers that contained hazardous materials in liquid form, but no chemicals were released that day, authorities said. Three other derailed cars caught on fire. According to the report, the 70-car train was heading northbound at 40 mph when it ran over a broken rail. A spokesman for the department of transportation said the federal investigation is still open, and that he does not expect a conclusion for another 3 months. Source:

. February 9, South Florida Sun-Sentinel – (Florida) TSA finds old cannonball in bag at Fort Lauderdale airport. An 18th Century, coral-crusted cannonball was discovered February 2 in a checked bag at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported February 9. The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was a diver who had no malicious intent. The cannonball was pulled from an old ship wreck and still held some potential to explode. The old cannonball triggered an evacuation of a baggage area and three flights, affecting 290 passengers, were delayed. Source: 20120209_1_cannonball-tsa-screeners

. February 9, Associated Press – (Texas) More security offered at Dallas-area transit stations in wake of shootings. Local and federal authorities offered to help secure Dallas-area bus and train stations February 8 after a shootout left two people dead, the latest in a string of violent incidents on Dallas mass transit, an agency spokesman said. Dallas police and the federal Transportation Security Administration reached out to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) after the February 7 shooting on a platform in Richardson, which is north of the city, a DART spokesman said. The DART will not make any decisions on security until it finishes investigating the shooting, he said. Source: stations-in-wake/article_bed61572-086d-55b2-aa2c-6400665cfcd6.html

. February 9, KHOU 11 Houston – (Texas) Bayport: Coast Guard responds to barge accident, fuel spill. The U.S. Coast Guard was on the scene of a fuel spill February 9 after a barge ran aground February 8 near the Bayport terminal in Houston. Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston were notified February 8 the TM3, a barge being towed by the UTV Louis Vincent, had run aground. The master of the Louis Vincent reported diesel fuel leaking from a tank on the left side of the barge. Working with the Texas General Land Office, Talen Marine and ES&H, responders deployed about 6,400 feet of absorbent boom to minimize the environmental impact. A barge was brought to the site February 9 to remove fuel. Officials estimated 500 gallons of fuel leaked into the water before removal operations were completed. Once investigators confirm there is no more leakage, the barge will be taken to the Texas International Terminal in Galveston. The Coast Guard was investigating the cause of the incident. Source: to-barge-accident-fuel-spill-139028239.html

. February 9, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – (National) Union Pacific Railroad Company to pay $1.5 million for Clean Water Act violations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act February 9. This settlement resolves a CWA enforcement action against UP that involves continuing operations at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as spills of oil and coal in 2003 and 2004 along railroad lines in all three states. For the railyards, EPA alleges UP violated the agency’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) rules. As part of the settlement, UP will pay a civil penalty of $1.5 million of which about $1.4 million will be deposited into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, a fund used by federal agencies to respond to oil spills. The remaining $100,000 will be deposited in the U.S. Treasury for coal spills and stormwater violations. In addition, the settlement requires UP to develop a management and reporting system to ensure compliance with SPCC regulations, FRP rules, and storm water requirements at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. UP must take further actions to control stormwater runoff at the Burnham Rail Yard in Denver, which are anticipated to prevent the discharge of tons of chemicals annually to waters in the Denver area. Source: enDocument For another story, see item 30

Postal and Shipping Sector

. February 9, Global Security Newswire – (National) Anthrax mailings recovery required $320M, analysis finds. The 2001 anthrax mailings resulted in $320 million in expenditures aimed at ensuring government and private facilities were free of the deadly bacteria, according to an analysis published February 7. The anthrax-tainted letters addressed to Congressional offices and media organizations killed five people and sickened 17, according to a previous report. After reviewing U.S. Government Accountability Office information and other material, experts at Concordia University in Montreal determined the mailings resulted in follow-up detection efforts in 26 structures and cleansing operations in seven, including two mail service centers that required an expensive decontamination treatment, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy reported. In addition, six business facilities required cleaning. Source: For another story, see item 15

Emergency Services Sector

. February 10, Associated Press – (California) 4 San Quentin prison inmates hurt badly in riot. At least four inmates of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, were seriously injured February 9 during a riot in an exercise yard that serves the institution’s newest arrivals, a prison spokesman said. Between 150 and 200 prisoners were involved. Dozens were slashed and stabbed by fellow inmates armed with homemade weapons before guards used chemicals such as pepper spray, projectiles, and live ammunition to restore order, the sergeant said. Most of the injured inmates were treated at the prison. The four who were most seriously injured were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the sergeant said. The source of their injuries was unclear. One correctional officer fired about three rounds from a semiautomatic rifle as warning shots, and the bullets did not hit or injure anyone, he said. No San Quentin employees were injured. All 4,113 inmates at San Quentin, a maximum-security prison that house’s California’s Death Row, have been confined to cells while officials investigate the cause. The exercise yard where the disturbance broke out serves inmates who have been at the prison for less than 3 months and whose security status still is under review. Source: article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/09/BAVL1N5Q9T.DTL

. February 10, Softpedia – (Alabama; Texas; International) Hackers breach Alabama and Texas law enforcement sites. As part of their operations against law enforcement agencies, Anonymous hackers breached the sites of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Mobile Police Department, also based in Alabama, leaking information from their databases, Softpedia reported February 10. DataBreaches summed up the hacks, revealing the hackers managed to obtain tons of sensitive data, but published only enough to prove the sites are vulnerable, making sure no innocent individual suffers. The main hackers were CabinCr3w and w0rmer, but it seems they were assisted by Kahuna in the breach that targeted the Mobile Police Department. The database contained information on offenders such as ID, case number, names, physical descriptions, and other data, but the hackers redacted all the sensitive information. From the public safety departments of Texas and Alabama there was not much data leaked, except for a few database structures, the hackers urging the site’s administrators to patch them up. DataBreaches notified the Mobile Police Department of the hack. Source: Enforcement-Sites-251967.shtml

. February 9, Oregon Public Broadcasting – (Oregon) Emergency alert system improves with second test. Portland, Oregon emergency officials said the February 9 test of an emergency alert system appears to have worked. A similar test a few weeks ago failed to reach even 1 percent of more than 300,000 communications devices across the Portland area. A spokesman with the city’s bureau of emergency management said the recent test went much better. He said First Call initially thought the test would be complete within 3 hours. However, after 5 hours, the alerts reached just 65 percent of the targeted devices. Emergency officials said the primary use of the emergency alerts will be for messages specific to certain neighborhoods, rather than city-wide messages. However, officials said they wanted to perform a “stress test” to see how the system would handle a high volume of alerts. Source:

. February 9, Associated Press – (Arizona; New Mexico) Defense Dept. sending support to Border Patrol. The Department of Defense said it will deploy military resources in support of the Border Patrol’s border security efforts along border areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The Pentagon said February 9 that communities in southern Arizona and southern New Mexico should expect to see additional military personnel, vehicles, and equipment traveling throughout the border area beginning in mid- February. In their role, the members of the military assigned to Joint Task Force North will work in a support capacity for Border Patrol officers. Source: For more stories, see items 46 and 48

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