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U.S. Probes Possible Threat to Ariz. Nuclear Plant

The Bush administration said on Thursday it was investigating a possible threat against the giant Palo Verde power plant in Arizona, the nation’s largest nuclear plant. The plant, located near Phoenix, generates electricity for the entire Southwestern grid serving California, Nevada and Arizona. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said officials with his department, the Energy Department, the FBI, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and state and local police were investigating. “This is again a coordinated effort among federal agencies with the great support of the state and locals that we’re addressing a very specific piece of threat information,” Ridge told reporters. The probe began about 48 hours ago, Ridge said. He declined to discuss any specific information that led officials to think there might be a threat. “It was obviously serious enough and deemed to be credible enough that we got the appropriate federal agencies investigating based on the threat information,” he added. Full Story

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