Rep. Bob Riley said the government is ready to give money for protective hoods to 35,000 people who live near the Anniston chemical weapons incinerator.
Residents could slip the hoods over their heads if there were a chemical disaster at the Anniston Army Depot. The nation's Cold War-era chemical weapons stockpile is scheduled to be destroyed there starting in September.
The hoods are designed to protect residents from a worst-case scenario in which mustard gas or sarin nerve gas escaped containment.
Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman said there are many more safety issues to be addressed before the incinerator should start.