2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:15:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS: Explosive destruction questioned
Army might blow up some chemical weapons

ASSOCIATED PRESS/Louisville Courier-Journal (KY)
FEBRUARY 19, 2010

RICHMOND, Ky. - Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles - and now all but certain to miss their deadline - Army officials have a plan to hasten the process: Blow some of them up.

The plan calls for the Army to use explosives to destroy some of the Cold War-era weapons, which contain some of the nastiest compounds ever made, at facilities in Richmond and Pueblo, Colo., that beat back another combustion-based plan years ago.

"Explosions of any kind have never been on the table," said Craig Williams, director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group, a citizens' advocacy organization that monitors plans for weapons destruction at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond. "This is not a technology that I would have chosen for this job. However, if using it significantly reduces the risk to the workforce, we need to give it serious consideration."


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