Chief Judge Larry McKinney began the evidentiary hearing at 1:30 p.m. and has allocated up to three days for the proceeding. Four environmental and activist groups and five citizens, including two Hoosiers, filed a suit in May against the government to permanently halt shipments of the VX nerve gas for destruction. The suit claims the 900-mile truck shipments from Newport through eight states to Port Arthur, Texas, poses a danger to public health and the environment, and violates state and federal laws.
The Sierra Club and Chemical Weapons Working Group were poised to ask for a temporary restraining order to stop the shipments but decided first to ask for a voluntary stand-down from the Army. Both sides reached an agreement in June to temporarily suspend the shipments while Judge McKinney considers the evidence.