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EPA Urges More Bioterror Protections

Cities are not getting all the protections President Bush ordered last year to detect a biological terrorism attack, the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog said Thursday. The report from EPA Inspector General Nikki L. Tinsley’s office said the agency hasn’t ensured the reliability, timeliness and efficiency of air sampling that Bush directed be part of a $129 million early warning system. The Homeland Security Department, which pays for and oversees “BioWatch,” relies on the help and expertise of EPA and other agencies to run it. “The failure of EPA to completely fulfill its responsibilities raises uncertainty about the ability of the BioWatch program to detect a biological attack,” Tinsley’s report said. Full Story

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