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Intel Briefing – December 2012

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800 feet of power lines cut, stolen.
Sometime between October 1 and 20, thieves snipped power lines to steal 800 feet of copper valued at $150,000, according to local sheriff’s deputies in California’s Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported November 5. Sometime in October, thieves cut the padlock on a gate barring access to property owned by the Department of Water & Power at Oak Avenue, according to a report by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Once on the property, the thieves then snipped the power lines between two towers and stole 800 feet of copper wiring, they said. According to an informant, the power lines that were cut were inactive as a result of damage from a large fire 10 years ago. The power lines are attached to multiple towers from Drinkwater Flats to Sun Valley.

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Carbon monoxide leak sends 25 students to hospitals.
About 25 children were hospitalized in good condition after a carbon monoxide leak at a Chicago elementary school November 5. The children suffered from nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Initially, 14 children were hospitalized. A Level 1 HAZMAT was called for the leak at Harold Washington Elementary School, according to Fire Media Affairs. Firefighters ventilated the third floor of the building with fans and evaluated the students before sending them to hospitals. The leak may have been due to a faulty boiler.

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Master Forge gas grills sold at Lowe’s stores recalled due to fire and burn hazards; Made by Guangdong Vanward Electric.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Guangdong Vanward Electric, November 6 announced a voluntary recall of about 37,000 Master Forge gas grills. If improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regulator to the burner control can touch the burner box and cause the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard. Guangdong Vanward is aware of two reports of hoses melting and rupturing. The grills were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide from November 2011 through May 2012. Consumers should immediately stop using the grill and make sure that the gas hose runs along the outside of the grill cabinet and passes through the round hole in the side panel.

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Sewage backups, water leaks threaten municipal budgets.
Sewage breakdowns highlight leaky systems in cash-strapped U.S. cities that are boosting rates to fund long-delayed fixes, Bloomberg News reported November 8. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 240,000 water-main breaks occur in the United States each year. As many as 75,000 yearly sewer overflows discharge up to 10 billion gallons of untreated wastewater, the EPA said on its Web site. Costs for sewer and water maintenance jumped 5.3 percent in 12 months ending December, up from an increase of 3.3 percent in the same period in 2000, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Sewer and water costs jumped 6.6 percent in September from the same month a year earlier, Labor Department figures show. Municipal pipes lose as much as 40 percent of the water flowing through them, according to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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