EMP Legislation Awaits Senate Action After House Approval

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation on protecting the nation’s electrical system from the effects of an electromagnetic pulse, leaving the bill to be considered by the Senate, USA Today reported today.

Observers warn that the detonation of a nuclear weapon in the atmosphere or a major solar event could create a magnetic pulse that would disable all electrical operations in a particular area.

“We’re taking this seriously,” Edison Electric Institute official Ed Legge said. He cited a June report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which found that the EMP danger to U.S. electrical systems “may be much greater than anticipated.”

via NTI: Global Security Newswire – EMP Legislation Awaits Senate Action.

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