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Nation's biggest nuclear power plant a terrorist target

Terrorists have targeted the United States’ largest nuclear power plant near Phoenix, and security officials are looking for Iraqi government “sleeper cells” that might carry out the attack, The Washington Times has learned. The threat to the Palo Verde nuclear plant, located in the Sonora desert 50 miles west of Phoenix, prompted the deployment of National Guard troops to the facility, according to U.S. officials. “We understand the sensitivity of this time, and we are very, very committed to protecting the safe operation of Palo Verde,” Jim McDonald, a spokesman for the Arizona Public Service Co., which owns the reactor complex, said in an interview. Mr. McDonald declined to comment on specific intelligence indicating a threat to Palo Verde but noted that the troops were added Tuesday by order of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. One official said the report on the Palo Verde threat was contained in classified intelligence reports distributed to law-enforcement and security officials. Full Story

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