Feds Investigate Report Of Ill. Water Pump Failure



Salon Staff
November 20, 2011 1:00AM (UTC)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal authorities say they're investigating the report of a water pump failure in Illinois' capital city.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard wouldn't comment on media reports that the failure was the result of hacking.

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But he said in a statement that his agency and the FBI are gathering information about the failure and there's no data to indicate a threat to public safety.

Homeland security officials have said in the past that they investigate every piece of intelligence that comes into the agency.

Don Craven, a trustee for the Curran-Gardner Township Public Water District outside of Springfield, Ill., says the water pump burned out earlier this month.

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He says the water district has multiple pumps and there was never a break in service to its 2,200 rural customers.


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