|From:||CPEO Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||19 Nov 2003 20:25:55 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] News Release on Newport's neutralent problems|
The following News Release can be viewed online by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://www.pmcd.army.mil/include/docrendition.asp?T=News+Release&LibraryName=pmcdpublic^pmcd-dmz1&SystemType=2&LogonId=61665e07c3377dde5defa6ef954141aa&DocId=003673007:1&Page=1 News Release For More Information, contact: Terry Arthur, NECDF/NECD Public Affairs Officer at (765) 245-4475 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2003 Newport, Indiana – Today the Army announced that the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (NECDF) will delay chemical agent VX neutralization operations planned for January. The January date for start of agent operations was dependent on a plan to transport hydrolysate, the neutralization byproduct, to Perma-Fix of Dayton, Ohio, for treatment and final disposal. In mid-October, Parsons, the prime contractor for the NECDF project, terminated it's subcontract with Perma-Fix . This action followed the Montgomery County, Ohio, Commission's announcement that they would not support hydrolysate treatment at Perma-Fix. The county controls Perma-Fix's operating discharge permit. Since this action, the Army has been working aggressively to reevaluate options for hydrolysate treatment and final disposal, and determine a path forward that applies the most effective resources and technologies. “We will continue to explore any available means to accelerate the destruction of the Newport stockpile without compromising our commitment to do so safely,” said NECDF Site Project Manager Jeff Brubaker. “Until we have decided on a path forward, we will not speculate on a date for agent operations to begin.” The Army is committed to meeting U.S. obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which mandates destruction of chemical agent and weapons stockpiles across the nation. While the Army reevaluates options for hydrolysate disposal, operators at the NECDF continue with systemization activities, testing each of the facility’s systems and functions to ensure proper performance. "With the exception of a few details, construction is finished. We are about 50 percent complete with systemization tests, and will continue with those activities while we work the hydrolysate disposal issue," Brubaker said. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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