Tri-State Prepared for War

The Tri- State's potentially vulnerable targets include a radioctive waste site, federal buildings, and water treatment plants.

Fernald is one facility receiving special attention. It's a former uranium processing plant in Crosby Township that sends out trainloads of radioactive waste every month.

"Anybody might look at this as a potential target," said spokesman Jeff Wagner.

If the nation goes to war, the department of energy will send out special instructions to radioactive cleanup sites. Many precautions are secret, but at Fernald, nearly 2000 cars a day would have to be searched and other country's citizens will undergo an intensive screening process.

Security's also a top priority at Greater Cincinnati Water Works. Jim Holly oversees the company's security. Holly says he can't detail most security measures, but "We monitor this system on a daily basis."

Officers in Fort Thomas are responsible for the safety of much of Northern Kentucky's drinking water, with two water treatment plants in their city. Says Lt. Kenneth Fetcher, "We're basically watching closer, making sure no one's down there doing what they shouldn't be doing."

Other than that, Fort Thomas echoed what other police departments are saying.

"We're basically maintaining what we've been doing." Officers are counting on training they've had since September 11 to get them through any crisis the war might bring. They're keeping an especially close eye on federal buildings like the courthouse, where the United States Marshal Service has the responsibility of protecting everyone inside, including federal judges.