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Congressman calls anthrax shipment ‘a serious breach’

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Posted at 2:05 PM, May 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-29 09:45:43-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Congressman Chris Stewart anticipates there will be many investigations into shipments of live anthrax from Dugway Proving Grounds to labs in nine states.

“We have to find out what happened there. This is a serious breach. We need to analyze and understand what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Stewart, a Republican representing Utah’s Second Congressional District, told FOX 13 on Thursday.

But Stewart also defended Dugway workers, who said for years they have destroyed other samples without any incident. The congressman, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said he anticipated “a thorough investigation on many levels.”

CNN cited U.S. Army officials as saying Dugway had sent out live anthrax samples to labs from March 2014 until March of this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said no one has reported any illness. Four lab workers in the U.S. and 22 in South Korea are being monitored as a precaution.