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Release No: 244-96
August 20, 1996

DoD will begin eliminating chemical weapons at the Tooele chemical agent disposal facility.

The Department of Defense will begin eliminating chemical weapons at the Tooele chemical agent disposal facility, Tooele, Utah on Thursday, August 22, 1996.

All members of the media interested in covering the event should report to the joint information center located in building seven at the Tooele Army Depot no later than 7 a.m. For safety and physical security reasons, members of the media will be provided transportation from the joint information center to a staging area close to the facility. From the staging area interviews are scheduled with the Army's program manager for chemical demilitarization, the plant manager, the operating contractor, plant personnel, a safety officer and the chemical activity commander.

Because of logistical constraints, access beyond the staging area will be limited to pool coverage. Pool access will include photo opportunities in some restricted areas of the facility, closed circuit television coverage of operations, and a driving tour of the facility. Media present at the joint information center at 7 a.m. will determine the pool members. Pool slots are allocated as follows:

a) 1 television crew (3 individuals)

b) 1 wire service

c) 1 newpaper/ news magazine

d) 1 still photographer

e) 1 radio

In addition to pool products, file footage and still photographs will be available from the joint information center.

For more information, or to obtain a map, call the joint information center, at (801) 833-3854 or the chemical demilitarization public affairs office at (410) 671-3629.

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