TOOELE, Utah-- Utah's massive chemical weapons stockpile is gone and so is the federal funding that helped pay for the sophisticated emergency response centers.
As many as 1,400 jobs will be eliminated now that the world's largest stockpile of chemical weapons has been destroyed in Utah's west desert. Utah had received $124 million in federal funding since 1989 through the chemical stockpile emergency preparedness program. The money helped pay for Tooele County's emergency management building, 62 outdoor warning sirens, a microwave communications network and highway reader boards. The desert chemical depot at its peak held 13,600 tons of chemical weapons. Depot officials say many of the jobs may shift to Kentucky or Colorado, two states that have yet to begin munitions destruction.