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Former Weapons Monitor Says He Was Fired Over Safety Concerns

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A former worker at Blue Grass Army Depot is suing the Army under a federal law that protects whistle-blowers from retaliation. Donald Van Winkle is seeking compensation from the Army for the loss of his job at the depot in Richmond.

He testified yesterday that he was fired for raising concerns about safety problems with igloos that house chemical weapons.

Army attorney Kevin Bennett says Van Winkle was disciplined for cause, not because he was a whistle-blower.

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