Colorado

Mar 22, 2010 12:51 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Court hearing set in Pueblo chemical arms lawsuit

Lawyers for the Army and the Colorado health department will return to court next month to talk about monitoring chemical weapons after bad weather forced a postponement in a conference scheduled last week.

A new settlement conference is scheduled in Denver federal court for April 27. The state sued the Army last year, seeking more frequent and sensitive tests on 2,600 tons of mustard agent at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

The two sides announced a tentative settlement in January but couldn't agree on whether the munitions should be considered waste or on the level of protection workers should have against chemicals other than mustard.

They say they agreed on the other issues. The Army is building a plant to destroy the mustard.

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