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PR--March 27, 1996 Safety Dangers Still Exist

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for immediate release: Wednesday, March 27, 1996

SECRET REPORTS SHOW TOOELE CHEM. INCINERATOR SAFETY DANGERS STILL EXISTED MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER WHISTLEBLOWER WAS FIRED; RECENT INSPECTIONS FOUND NO EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN, NO SEVERE ACCIDENT ASSESSMENT AND INADEQUATE HAZARD ANALYSES.

SALT LAKE CITY: MARCH 27, 1996 -- Formerly confidential documents made public as part of
the whistleblower protection trial of Steven Jones, former safety manager at the U.S. Army's
Tooele, Utah chemical weapons incinerator, reveal that as recently as last fall, the Army and its
contractor found environmental and safety problems identical to those Jones reported before he
was fired in September 1994. The documents admitted to the public record over the strong
objections of EG&G, the company that manages the Tooele facility for the Army, include
Operational Readiness Evaluation (OREs) and a plant Pre-Operational Survey.

Ongoing problems at the facility as of late October, 1995, included:

These items had all been rated Category I, the highest possible level of risk. Other serious
problems at the facility, which were still not addressed well after Jones' firing:

Jones completed his testimony based on these and other documents on Wednesday, and began
responding to questions from EG&G's attorney. Jones claims he was fired after reporting serious
environmental, health, and safety problems at the Tooele facility, the first of 8 chemical weapons
incinerators the Army plans to construct on the U.S. mainland. He is represented by lawyers from
the non-profit Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization, and
John Preston Creer, a prominent Utah attorney. The trial is expected to continue through this
Friday. Jones is seeking restoration of his job and monetary damages for illegal termination.

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Copies of the recent Tooele incineration inspection reports are available on request.



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