Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 19410

Governor Matheson Weteye nerve gas bomb records

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Dates: 1960-1982.

1.00 cubic foot and 3 microfilm reelsSkip to Containers

These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, and reports relating to the 1981 re-location of "Weteye" nerve gas bombs from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado to the Tooele Army Depot in Utah. The records reflect the interaction of constituents and federal and state governmental officials in the development of a policy which would allow for the safest possible transfer of the Weteye bombs to Utah. Governor Matheson and many constituents were opposed to the move. Many of the records in this series reflect the need for the Department of Defense to provide complete and accurate Environmental Impact Statements concerning the re-location of the Weteye bombs.


Alphabetical by document type.

Related Records

Federal correspondence from the Governor Matheson, Series 4530, for additional materials regarding federal-state interactions during this time

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was microfilmed in June 2004 and the hard copy kept because of the intrinsic value of the papers. It was processed by Kira Robertson in July 2001.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 1 1 Correspondence; constituent; 1977-1978
1 1 2 Correspondence; constituent; 1979-1982
1 1 3 Correspondence; federal; Army, Department of the; 1977-1981
1 1 4 Correspondence; federal; Defense, Department of; 1977-1981
1 1 5 Correspondence; federal; Environmental Protection Agency; 1978-1979
1 1 6 Correspondence; federal; Health, Education, and Welfare, Department of; 1978-1979
1 1 7 Correspondence; federal; White House; 1977-1979
1 1 8 Correspondence; intra-office memoranda; 1977-1981
1 1 9 Correspondence; other; 1970-1981
1 1 10 Correspondence; state agency; 1977-1981
1 1 11 Miscellaneous materials; 1970-1980
1 1 12 Miscellaneous materials; n.d.
2 1 13 Newspaper clippings; Betty Tatham's research file; 1960-1981
2 1 14 Newspaper clippings; general; 1973-1981
2 1 15 Petitions; 1977
2 1 16 Reports; ""Estimates of Concentrations Resulting from Crash Scenarios for Aircraft Involved in Transport of Nerve Gas Agents in Conjunction with U.S. Army Operation RMT"", Nicholas E. Graham and Timothy C. Spangler; Nov 1978
2 1 17 Reports; ""Investigation of Leaking Weteye Bombs - Report of the Special Surveillance Inspection Task Group"", Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center; Aug 1978
2 1 18 Reports; ""Investigation of Leaking Weteye Bombs - Report of the Weteye Reassessment Inspection Task Group"", Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center; Oct 1979
2 1 19 Reports; ""Structural Assessment of the Weteye Bomb"", E.S. Folias; Nov 17, 1978
2 1 20 Reports; ""Transportation of Chemical Material, Operation RMT"", final environmental statement; Oct 1977
2 1 21 Reports; ""Transportation of Chemical Material, Operation RMT"", supplement; Oct 1978
2 1 22 Reports; ""Transportation of Chemical Material, Operation RMT"", draft of second supplement; Feb 1981
3 1 23 Reports; ""Transportation of Chemical Material, Operation RMT"", final second supplement; Jun 1981