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Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2004 10:54 am | Updated: 5:12 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

December 16, 2004

Gov. Janet Napolitano is disputing a study by a Washington-based health group that Arizona is poorly prepared for a biological or chemical terrorist attack.

The nonprofit Trust for America’s Health said in a report Tuesday that Arizona meets only five of 10 criteria used by the group to determine a state’s level of preparedness for bioterrorism.

That ranking placed Arizona near the middle of the 50 states.

But Napolitano said Wednesday the report includes a number of "major inaccuracies" about Arizona’s efforts to prepare for a terrorist attack.

Napolitano said she spoke briefly before her weekly news conference with the state’s directors of Homeland Security and Health Services.

"I have been assured that Arizona meets all 10 of those criteria," Napolitano said. "I am comfortable with our efforts."

However, Napolitano said she’s concerned the federal budget for Homeland Security will reduce Arizona’s share of funding by about 35 percent next year.

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