CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORKING GROUP
P.O. Box 467, Berea, Kentucky 40403
859-986-7565 859-986-2695 (F)
kefwilli @ acs.eku.edu www.cwwg.org
for further information:
Jason Groenewold: 801-364-5110
Craig Williams: 859-986-7565
Bob Schaeffer: 941-395-6773
embargoed until 10:00 AM MDT, Thursday, April 13, 2000
HANDWRITING ANALYSIS, PHONE BILLS, AND FEDEX RECEIPTS
CONFIRM CHEMICAL WEAPONS INCINERATOR DOCUMENTS
SENT BY PLANT'S CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER;
RECORDS SHOW DIARY OF TOOELE DANGERS IS LEGITIMATE;
ACTIVISTS DEMAND INQUIRY INTO ARMY COVER-UP
OF ACCIDENTS, RISKS
A large body of evidence, including a report by a top handwriting expert,
demonstrates that a diary and official records documenting major problems at
the Army's controversial Tooele, Utah, chemical weapons incinerator came from
that facility's chief safety officer. Advocates of alternatives to incineration
demanded an independent investigation into the accidents and risks listed in
the documents, which the Army and its contractor, EG&G Defense Materials
Inc., had previously called "fabrications," "lies" and "distortions."
Speaking at a Salt Lake City news conference, representatives of the Chemical
Weapons Working Group (CWWG) and Families Against Incinerator Risk
(FAIR) displayed phone bills showing a number of calls to the desk of Steve
Jones, Tooele's chief safety officer, as well as memos and overnight delivery
receipts signed by Jones. Duane Moyes, a handwriting expert who has received
training from the FBI and has over 20 years experience in graphology, stated it
was "probable" that Steve Jones authored the memos.
"There can be no doubt these documents are genuine," declared CWWG
spokesman Craig Williams. "The real issue should be stopping the threat that
the Army's incinerator program poses to workers and the public. The 1200
pages of notes and memos Steve Jones sent us depict an appalling pattern of
unreported accidents, worker exposure, fatal design flaws, nerve agent releases,
reckless operating practices, and criminal obstruction of justice."
Among the severe problems at the Tooele chemical weapons incinerator
described in the documents provided by Jones:
Mr. Jones handwritten notes also include such strong conclusions as "We have
released agent," and "In total it looks like incineration is a failed technology."
"The latest evidence from Steve Jones confirms that problems at the Tooele
incinerator are persistent and a danger to our local community," added Jason
Groenewold, director of FAIR. "We need an independent investigation by
officials not connected to the Army, its contractors or the state of Utah to
protect the lives and health of our families."
The documents sent by Mr. Jones have been delivered to the U.S. Attorney's
office as well as the Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Copies of all documents are available on request.
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