Sierra Army Depot Withdraws Open Burning Petition

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Sierra Army Depot north of Reno has withdrawn an application seeking to resume open burning and detonation of munitions.

Army officials say the decision was based on a legal review and
lawsuit settlement.

Downwind residents and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe sued the government in 2000 in an attempt to stop the burning because of toxic smoke.

Under a settlement, the Army pledged to explode only unstable munitions in an emergency. Officials say the depot is trying to reduce stockpiles of obsolete weapons.

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