States respond to World Trade Center, Pentagon attacks

September 11, 2001 — In response to terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon Tuesday morning, widespread precautions have been taken in various U.S. states to enhance security.

Leaders of state governments and representatives of a number of important organizations including utilities are meeting to tighten security, the Associated Press said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down airports across the country.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, which handles supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico, suspended its operations and the state’s 19 oil refineries are on alert.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has been put under heightened security.

In Vermont, the state’s only atomic plant was placed on heightened security.

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