NC Rep. urging lawmakers to prioritize legislation to secure state’s critical infrastructure after substation attacks
Gunshots at two electrical substations cut power to thousands of central North Carolina homes for several days in early December, and last week there was another attack on a substation in Randolph County, northeast of Charlotte.
Rep. Ben Moss is urging fellow lawmakers to prioritize new legislation that would secure the state’s critical infrastructure when the legislative session begins in earnest this week.
He’s among the first state legislators to propose power grid protections this year amid a surge in attacks on U.S. substations, primarily in the Carolinas and Pacific Northwest.
The recent attacks in Moore County, North Carolina, and others in Washington, Oregon, South Carolina and Nevada, have underscored the vulnerability of the nation’s far-flung electrical grid, which security experts have long warned could be a target for domestic extremists.