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New NSA Data Center to Use Wastewater-Based Coolant

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DataCenterThe National Security Agency will be using the treated wastewater of Howard County, Md. to cool systems inside the agency’s new data center at Fort Meade, the Baltimore Sun reported Dec. 31.

Matthew Hay Brown writes the NSA plans to invest $40 million to build a pumping station and pay up to $2 million per year for the county’s wastewater that would otherwise be discharged into the Little Patuxent River.

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of NSA, said the High Performance Computing Center-2 will work to defend national security networks against cyber threats, the publication reports.

The 600,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to be fully operational in 2016.

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