Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, is pushing a bill to make the military better account for possibly wasted funds that are supposed to help communities develop emergency plans to handle chemical arms accidents.

Hansen is co-sponsoring a bill by Rep. Glen Browder, D-Ala., that would force the Army to provide a detailed accounting of all expenses for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.It would also order the Army to form a plan to reduce administrative costs so more money could be passed on to communities near bases where chemical arms are stored, such as those around Tooele Army Depot.

The bill notes that studies by the U.S. General Accounting Office complained that while the program spent $200 million over five years, communities near storage sites are not yet prepared to respond to chemical emergencies.

The GAO said the program also has experienced delays in acquiring key equipment.

The GAO also said while the Federal Emergency Management Agency administered $130 million of the $200 million spent on the program, it could not accurately account for how the funds were spent.