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ARMY WEAPON INCINERATOR MAY GET VIOLATION NOTICE

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A state inspector testified Wednesday that the Utah Department of Environmnental Quality is considering issuing a notice of violation concerning operation of the Army's $500 million chemical weapons incinerator in Tooele County.

Deborah Ng, of the DEQ testified during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell in an action brought by environmental groups opposed to the incinerator.She said at one point an alarm system indicated that nerve gas may have been released into the incinerator's smoke stack, but that a back-up check did not confirm this happened. Thus, she is uncertain whether nerve agent was released.

If nerve agent did go up the stack, that would indicate a failure to destroy all the material. Other incidents have been reported in which agent may have reached a filter vestibule, but that problem has been corrected.