2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 12 May 2005 04:23:31 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Nerve agent destruction begins
First batch of VX successfully destroyed
Army tests show undetectable levels remain in byproduct of deadly nerve agent.

By Tammy Webber
Indianapolis Star (IN)
May 10, 2005

Two more containers of the deadly Cold War-era nerve agent VX will be destroyed this week, after extensive tests over the weekend confirmed the first container was destroyed last week, U.S. Army officials said Monday.

"I'm more than ecstatic right about now," said Jeffrey L. Brubaker, project manager at the Newport Chemical Depot in Vermillion County, where more than 250,000 gallons of VX have been stored in about 1,600 1-ton containers for the past 36 years.

Each ton container holds up to 180 gallons of VX, a chemical so deadly that a single pinpoint drop could kill an adult in minutes.

On Friday, the first container was destroyed in two 1,000-gallon reactors. Half of the VX was fed into each reactor, where it was mixed with water and sodium hydroxide and heated to 194 degrees for several hours to break down the agent.


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