House and Senate conferees have approved $18 million worth of military construction in Utah for next year.
The House and Senate must still give final approval to the 1995 Military Construction Appropriations Act, which provides the money, but that is considered routine and could come as early as this week.The funding includes:
- $11.4 million for 138 new family housing units at Hill Air Force Base. Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, one of the House-Senate conferees, said, "These homes will replace those which were built in the 1950s and '60s, which are substandard and some of which are a safety hazard, being located too close to the runway."
- $4 million for an additional carbon filtration system at a Tooele Army Depot plant that soon will incinerate aging chemical arms.
The Army recently accepted recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences that the extra filters be added to ensure no dangerous amounts of unburned nerve agent can escape smokestacks.
- $2.29 million for a Troop Issue Subsistence Support Facility at the Utah National Guard's Camp Williams.
- $400,000 for a new aircraft washing and de-icing facility for the Utah Air National Guard at Salt Lake International Airport.