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OVERSEER PANEL IS SOUGHT FOR ARMY BIO-WARFARE WORK

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The Army's biological warfare program should be overseen by a national committee of civilian biological and medical scientists who report to Congress, says the Utah Department of Health.

And local civilian scientist committees at research centers like Dugway Proving Ground should review the design and safety of individual research projects, department officials say.Those are two of the recommendations made in comments filed by state health officials on a final environmental impact statement for the Army's Biological Defense Research Program. The comment deadline was June 15.

The state notes that while the Army has acknowledged that several people want greater civilian oversight, the impact statement does not adopt that recommendation.

In its comments on the final statement, the Health Department raised many of the same concerns it had voiced in comments on earlier drafts. Those concerns include the statement's lack of clarity about whether the Army will use humans or animals when it uses aerosolized disease organisms to test vaccines.