2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 15 Jun 2005 09:13:07 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Newport Chemical Depot (IN) VX spill
Army Says Spilled Liquid Containing VX Safely Cleaned

June 13, 2005

(NEWPORT, Ind.) -- Nearly all of about 30 gallons of a liquid containing VX has been cleaned up after spilling into a containment area during a process to destroy the deadly nerve agent, the Army said Monday.

Workers in protective gear used a mixture of sodium hydroxide and water to clean any surface the liquid touched at the Newport Chemical Agent Destruction Facility in western Indiana. Monitors that provide contamination readings registered minute amounts during their latest readings, spokeswoman Terry Arthur said.

"The level is very low and falling," she said.

The spill Friday night was the first since workers began destroying the chemical at the depot on May 5. The Army said in a release that none of the agent escaped a containment area and that there was no danger to nearby communities.

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Lenny Siegel
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