2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 1 Aug 2003 15:21:58 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Army Sets Aug 6 Date For Beginning Chemical Weapons Burns
Army Sets Aug. 6 Date For Beginning Chemical Weapons Burns
Limited Incineration Planned For First Months
August 1, 2003

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The U.S. Army will begin destroying more than 2,200
tons of nerve agent at the Anniston Army Depot next week, acting Army
Secretary Les Brownlee said Thursday.

The announcement came one day after the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management issued a permit allowing the Army to start up
its $1 billion incinerator.

Brownlee gave the order to begin destroying the deadly nerve agent and
mustard gas Aug. 6 despite worries from many nearby residents and
environmental groups that incineration is not safe enough for such a
heavily populated area. About 35,000 people live within 9 miles of the
depot, and more than 250,000 live within a 30-mile circle.

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