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CONFEREES OK $45 MILLION FOR MILITARY PROJECTS IN UTAH

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House and Senate negotiators approved Thursday $45 million worth of military construction projects in Utah - and ordered the cleanup of asbestos at Fort Douglas before it is turned over to the University of Utah.

Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, was one of the conferees working out House and Senate differences in the 1992 Military Construction Appropriations Bill. He said approved Utah projects include:- $14.7 million for ongoing construction of a plant to destroy aging chemical arms at Tooele Army Depot.

- $11.6 million for 130 new family housing units at Hill Air Force Base.

- $4.25 million for a new maintenance facility for the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill to enable the assembly, testing and inspection of missiles, guided bombs and other weapons.

- $4 million for a physical fitness training center at Dugway Proving Ground.

- $4 million for a depot production support facility at Hill.

- $3.85 million for a new National Guard armory and maintenance shop in southern Utah County to consolidate different facilities now in Spanish Fork, Provo and Springville.

- $2.7 million for a weapons and release systems shop at Hill.

The bill also includes language Garn sought ordering the Army to clean up environmental concerns at Fort Douglas before part of it is turned over to the University of Utah as part of scheduled base closures. Garn was especially upset at reports of loose asbestos in the buildings.

"This friable asbestos poses a threat to the families living at the Fort. I expect the Army to move quickly to remove this and ensure the safety of those living on the base. Frankly, I believe it is inexcusable for the Army not to have remediated this problem already," Garn said.

He added, "This bill provides all the funding necessary for the Army to adequately take care of all the environmental concerns on Fort Douglas."

The compromise bill must be sent to the House and Senate for final approval and then to President Bush for his signature.