2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 18 Apr 2007 00:52:05 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VX neutralent treated at Port Arthur, TX
Veolia begins treatment of VX wastewater

By Amy Moore
The Port Arthur News (TX)
April 17, 2007

PORT ARTHUR - Sixteen-thousand gallons of a former nerve gas agent have made their way to Port Arthur and the process of incineration has begun. The first of many convoys from Indiana carrying the caustic wastewater arrived shortly after midnight Tuesday at Veolia Environmental Services, where the material will be incinerated as part of an international treaty to destroy chemical weapons.

Veolia recently signed a $49 million contract with the U.S. Army to destroy the VX wastewater at its Port Arthur facility, one of only three facilities in the nation with the necessary equipment to do so. Mitch Osborne, general manager of the Gulf Coast branch of Veolia, said destroying all of the former chemical agent could take up to two years but the company's contract with the military goes through 2012.

According to Osborne, Veolia will continue to receive shipments of the caustic wastewater, but not on a regular schedule.

"Some weeks we won't get any and some weeks we'll get 12 shipments," he said. "They've (Newport Chemical Depot in Indiana) generated less than half of the material and we'll get it as they process it."


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