“Presidential hopeful Howard Dean, who accuses President Bush of being weak on homeland security, was warned repeatedly as Vermont governor about security lapses at his state’s nuclear power plant and was told the state was ill-prepared for a disaster at its most attractive terrorist target.”
Dean was not just warned, but warned repeatedly:
“During Dean’s final year in office in 2002, an audit concluded that despite a decade of repeated warnings of poor safety at Vermont Yankee, Dean’s administration was poorly prepared for a nuclear disaster.”
So Dean’s response?
“”After September 11, Governor Dean decided the buck stops here in terms of security and personally ran this effort, creating a Cabinet-level agency,” spokesman Jay Carson said.”
“Dean responded by writing the head of the plant that the problems could “have an impact on the health and safety of the people of Vermont” and “it is my expectation that you will do all in your power to correct this declining trend.” It was one of several such letters he wrote.”
Oh, well never mind, then.