Utah Medical Association trustees have protested the Army's assessment of risks in the Biological Defense Research Program at Dugway Proving Ground.

The board of trustees has sent the Army a letter contending the scope of the Army's final environmental impact statement is too narrow and the period for public comment too short.The association asked that the deadline for comment, which passed last Thursday, be extended to August or September.

The 880-page document was received by the association April 7, leaving members less than one month to review it.

The group says the document addresses only two proposed actions: continuation of the Biological Defense Research Program as is, or elimination of the entire program.