State Solid Waste Management Advisory Council Meeting. Ohio Homeland Security. Ohio’s New Scrap Metal Law. The Problem:. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) ForeCast Report Data collected from 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2012 suggests that:
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Ohio Homeland Security
Ohio’s New Scrap Metal Law
Virtually every aspect of critical infrastructure is affected by scrap metal theft
Nuclear Power Plants
AEP Ohio reported that the power outage was the result of a copper theft at the company’s Kimberly Station near Nelsonville.
“An assessment has revealed extensive damage,” the news release said.
- The News Center
Economic consequences for scrap metal theft within utilities can be immense. According to perimeter security companies, the cost of repairing damaged transformers or substations can run anywhere from $500,000 to $11 million annually.
This year alone we have experienced over 26 separate substation break-ins in Northern Ohio
Damages and threats are so extensive that the federal government can and is seeking to prosecute offenders under Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1366 titled ‘Destruction of an Energy Facility’
In 2007 thieves removed 300 feet of copper wire from a Federal Aviation Administration tower in Ohio, threatening to interrupt communications between in-flight aircraft and air traffic controllers.
Thieves are brazen enough to steal metal off of a home during the day – and although this 12 year-old girl captured the event, what if the criminal saw her and panicked? Would she still be here?
Like most other crime, as long as there is money to be made, it will continue!
In volume, Copper is the third most recycled metal after Iron and Aluminum because it is 100% recyclable regardless of its state.
-Overview of the Law-
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