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August 8, 2007 8:30 AM, EDT

Nerve Agent Waste Transfers Okay to Proceed, Judge Says

A federal judge in Indiana has denied environmentalists' request that he block truck shipments of nerve agent waste from Newport Chemical Deport in the Western portion of the state to an incinerator in Texas, the Associated Press reported.

Judge Larry McKinney said in his ruling that the groups failed to make their case that the Army, in seeking to dispose of neutralized VX nerve agent waste, did not fully consider the risks involved in moving the shipments across about 900 miles of highways, AP reported.



The Army had contracted with an unnamed outside firm to transport the waste, but suspended shipments in June, pending McKinney’s decision, AP said.

It was not clear when shipments would resume, AP reported Friday.