|From:||Aimee Houghton <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 28 Mar 1996 19:34:38 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||CW incineration on trial, day one (please post)|
From: Aimee Houghton <email@example.com> Subject: CW incineration on trial, day one (please post) CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORKING GROUP P.O. Box 467, Berea, Kentucky 40403 Phone: (606) 986-7565 Fax: (606) 986-2695 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate release: Monday, March 25, 1996 CHEMICAL WEAPONS "WHISTLEBLOWER" TRIAL BEGINS IN UTAH Former Tooele Safety Manager says he was fired for documenting environmental, safety flaws; Army and its contractor accused of hiding documents and refusing to provide key witnesses. Tooele, Utah -- March 25, 1996: The whistleblower trial of Steve Jones, who was fired as Chief Safety Officer at the U.S. Army's Chemical Weapons incinerator in Tooele, Utah after disclosing serious health, safety and environmental problems at that facility, got underway in Salt Lake City on Monday with charges that the Army and its contractor were hiding documents showing significant flaws in its incineration program and refusing to produce key witnesses. In his opening statement, Jones' attorney, John Preston Creer, likened the chemical weapons whistleblower to those who recently exposed misbehavior in the tobacco industry, "The issues may be different but the corporate reaction is the same," Creer said. "At Tooele, a powerful company is using strong-arm tactics to try to silence a whistleblower. The evidence will show that Steve Jones was terminated because of his legally protected disclosures of serious health, environmental and safety flaws at Tooele." Creer severely criticized the Army's contractor, EG&G Defense Materials, Inc., the defendant in this case, for claiming it could not find a safety audit Jones compiled documenting more than a thousand problems at Tooele. "How could a Fortune 400 Company like EG&G 'lose' such an important document?" Jones' summery of the audit, which concluded that more than a dozen vital program areas failed to meet acceptable safety standards was submitted for the record. Creer also noted that key Army staffers who Jones had asked to testify refused to come forward. "It is the U.S. Army who defends every critisizm about its controversial incineration program. Why are they not here to testify about what went on at Tooele?" As the Monday session drew to a close, Steve Jones took the witness stand and described his fifteen year track record as a military safety expert during which he received many awards and promotions. When court resumes on Tuesday at 9:00 A.M. Jones will detail the many environmental, health and safety problems he found at Tooele. The Hearing is expected to continue through Friday. The Chemical Weapons Working Group will provide daily press updates throughout the Jones Hearing.
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