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When the Army prepared to incinerate weapons filled with deadly nerve agent at the Tooele Army Depot in the early 1990's, the number of Utahns who actively questioned the safety of their methods for workers and people living downwind could be counted on one hand. By comparison, in the seven other states where chemical weapons incinerators were planned, the Army program was considered highly controversial and citizen opposition was widespread.

Knowing that government never performs well when given a blank check and citizens look the other way, a few brave people started attending hearings, asking tough questions, and getting others involved. Families Against Incinerator Risk grew from this effort and was soon leading whistle-blowers out of the incinerator, taking the Army and its contractor to court, and expanding efforts to take on some of the worst polluters in the state by committing to campaigns against dioxin pollution from both Magcorp and the Davis County Garbage Incinerator.

When it became clear that Utah was being targeted by predatory corporations as the place to dump the nation's nuclear wastes, FAIR spread its wings, and in 2001 helped create the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah). The various organizations and individuals that are part of this alliance have a rich and diverse history of grassroots organizing that dates back three decades. In fact, in the early 1980s, HEAL Utah member organization Women Concerned/Utahns United was part of a coalition that helped stop the proposed MX Nuclear Missile program, which would have resulted in the construction of the world's largest nuclear weapons complex in Utah's West Desert.