2002 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 11 Dec 2002 20:32:17 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Mustard agent stockpile to be disposed of faster
Mustard agent stockpile to be disposed of faster
Officials OK destroying chemical without robotics
By Joe Nawrozki
Sun Staff
Originally published December 11, 2002

State environmental officials approved yesterday a slight change in the accelerated plan to dispose of the mustard agent stockpile at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The Maryland Department of the Environment issued the permit modification to the operators of the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, where 1,623 tons of the agent will be destroyed by next September.

Officials hastened the destruction of the agent, stored in metal containers on the sprawling Harford County military installation, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The agent - a banned, carcinogenic chemical weapon that blisters the skin, eyes and lungs - is not paired with explosives, fuses or other devices that could detonate it.

Jeff Lindblad, spokesman for the facility, said the MDE gave the Army the go-ahead to remove the toxic material manually, rather than with robotics, through an enclosed containment portion of the plant.

"There is no change in the technology," Lindblad said, "but what we will be doing is skipping a step in the process of destroying the mustard agent."

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