|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||4 Jul 2006 15:31:36 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "Problems Plague Army Weapons-Burning"|
Problems Plague Army Weapons-Burning|
By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post July 4, 2006
In 1987, the Army estimated it would cost $2 billion to dispose of the 27,768 metric tons of chemical weapons in its stockpile.
Today, the price has mushroomed to $28 billion, and the military is about a third of the way through the job. An array of problems -- including technical challenges and protests from community activists concerned about the impact of burning the weapons -- has dogged the progress. In May, officials announced the Army will be unable to destroy all the weapons by 2012 -- which would be a five-year extension to the current deadline.
"We underestimated the job, the complexity of the job and this high-hazard environment we have to operate in," said Michael A. Parker, director of the Army's Chemical Materials Agency.
For the entire article, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/03/AR2006070301207.html?sub=AR
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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