2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 30 Aug 2005 22:19:00 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Chemical agent monitoring at disposal sites
Report: Safety at disposal sites could be better

Chemical weapons: The National Research Council says sensitive monitors
often generate false alarms

By Robert Gehrke 
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 30, 2005

WASHINGTON - Monitors at the Army's chemical weapons disposal sites do
enough to protect the public and workers at its chemical disposal sites,
but additional steps could improve safety, according to a report
released Monday. 

For example, cutting down on false alarms of chemical contamination,
developing mobile monitors to track potential releases and adding
another layer to the monitoring regimen could enhance safety, said the
draft report from the National Research Council (NRC), part of the
National Academies. 

"The current airborne agent monitoring systems are adequate to safely
protect the chemical demilitarization work force, the public, and the
environment," the report said, although improvements could be made to
reduce false alarms and improve plant safety. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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