Chemical incineration operation gets safety award

Chemical incineration operation gets safety award

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STOCKTON, Utah (AP) -- The U.S. Army operation that incinerates chemical weapons near Stockton is being recognized by federal safety officials.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration gave the operation and its subcontractors a "voluntary protection program" award after an audit earlier this year by OSHA and private safety professionals.

The award noted that the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility has an exemplary health and safety program that goes beyond OSHA requirements.

More than 1,000 people are employed at the facility, where the Army's largest stockpile of aging chemical weapons is being destroyed as part of an international treaty.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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