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Transmission Intentional Destructive Acts
Intentional Destructive Acts
Present, Potentially Affected
- Southline Transmission Line (Environmental Impact Statement for the Southline Transmission Line Project)
Intentional destructive acts include, but are not limited to, vandalism, theft, sabotage, and terrorism at transmission lines, power stations, and substations. Each scenario stems from a variety of motivations, making it difficult to predict the likelihood and scale to which the transmission line or surrounding area might be affected by intentional destructive acts. In the event that an intentional destructive act occurs, contact local, state, and federal agencies to respond accordingly.
Intentional Destructive Acts Impacts & Mitigation
Intentional destructive acts can endanger national security, personal lives, and the power grid. Power stability can be compromised through vandalism or unauthorized site access. Unauthorized visitors may not have comprehensive power system knowledge and activate unforeseen consequences.
The following mitigation measures outline security practices to decrease the opportunities where an intentional destructive act can take place:
- Install fences, voltage warning signs, and 24-hour cameras; conduct regular inspections, establish a confidential hotline to report suspicious activity, and offer rewards for significant criminal activity information.
- At construction sites hire security officers to inspect on-site traffic and large loads.
- These mitigation measures may discourage theft, vandalism, and unauthorized facility access.
- When available, replace solid copper wire with copper-coated steel wire, and post signs indicating the product change to decrease vandalism.
- Incorporate grid redundancies to enable power to be routed around an effected area along the transmission line.
- This increases power stability and decreases incentives to perform intentional destructive acts.
- Avoid constructing adjacent transmission line corridors to decrease the affected area impacts from an intentional destructive act event.
- Coordinate with nearby agencies to strengthen security intelligence.
- Inter-agency relationships promote fast response times and resources available to conduct an investigation if an intentional destructive act occurs.