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'Hazmat' teams say budget cuts hurt terror-response role

They are paid to stand ready as the front-line troops in the war against domestic acts of chemical, biological, and nuclear terrorism, yet some of the state’s hazardous materials technicians say their level of preparedness is slipping because of budget cuts totaling 37 percent over the last four years. Last week, FBI officials in Washington warned 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies about possible terrorist use of improvised chemical or biological weapons against domestic targets, including the food supply. First on the scene of such an attack in Massachusetts would be the state’s six Hazardous Materials Response Teams, which respond to acts of terrorism, as well as routine spills of hazardous materials. Full Story

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