2. SOUNDBITE (English) Maj. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, investigating officer
"The preponderance of evidence with respect to the investigation yielded the fact that no single event, no single individual, no groups of individuals are directly responsible for the inadvertent shipment of a small amount of active anthrax, or Bacillus anthracis. we did find though evidence that a combination of events, including gaps in science, institutional issues and personal accountability, when taken together, each contributed to this event. Let me be perfectly clear: There was no evidence to suggest in any way, shape or form that lab technicians or the American public were at any time at risk."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, Army biological select agents and toxics task force
"In response to direction from the deputy secretary of defense and from the secretary of the Army, the Army stood up a bio safety task force to look at biological select agents and toxins. From the Anthrax incident, although that was the impetus for this task force, the task force ultimately made a number of wide-ranging and comprehensive recommendations which were approved by the secretary of the Army which will have a general benefit to the entire program as we go forward."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, Army biological select agents and toxics task force
"Our recommendations which have been approved by the secretary of the Army include: the establishment of a Department of Defense executive agent who will perform technical review, harmonization of procedures and integrate the inspections for this program."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, Army biological select agents and toxics task force
"We will establish a standing DOD biological safety review panel consisting of prominent scientists from both within and outside of the Department of Defense and that review panel will review and validate procedures for working with biological selects agents and toxins. We will put in place a process to screen and validate all requests from biological products form outside DOD to see if they are valid and to see if we can substitute a less dangerous product for what has been requested."
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, Army biological select agents and toxics task force
"We have transferred control of the biological laboratory at Dugway proving ground from the Army test and evaluation command to the research, development and engineering command and eliminated their mission of producing biological agents from export across our customers. So, that production will no longer be conducted at Dugway proving ground, it will be conducted at other laboratories within the DOD."
An Army report says a one-star general and 11 other people associated with an Army biodefense laboratory face potential punishment for failures that contributed to the mistaken shipment of live anthrax to other labs over a period of years.
The report Friday names Brig. Gen. William E. King, who commanded the lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah as a colonel between 2009 and 2011.
It faults him for actions that perpetuated a complacent atmosphere among lab workers.
The report's findings were first reported by USA Today.
The report sought to assign blame for conditions at the lab that came under public scrutiny when it was disclosed in May 2015 that live anthrax from the Dugway lab had been shipped by mistake to 194 other labs.