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Summer of destruction for US Nerve Gas stocks

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posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 11:23 AM
With only a short while left before the US must destroy its stockpile of nerve gas, US Army contaractors are to begin neutralizing 1,269 tons of VX nerve agent this summer.

Army to destroy Indiana VX stocks
By Rick Callahan
Associated Press

NEWPORT, Ind. In a cavernous, pipe-filled structure known simply as the Utility Building, Army contractors are getting ready to destroy a Cold War-era concoction so lethal it could kill untold millions.
After years of controversy, workers will begin chemically neutralizing 1,269 tons of the ultra-deadly nerve agent VX this summer as part of a plan to eliminate the nation's chemical weapons stockpile.

The VX stockpile was produced at the 7,000-acre Newport complex between 1961 and 1968 as a doomsday deterrent. For years after production ended, containers of the nerve agent sat rusting in a field, apparently regarded by the depot's workers as just part of the landscape.
"They used to eat lunch on top of the containers," said Lt. Col. Joseph Marquart, Newport's commander. "We don't do that anymore."

Well, good to know that the authorities now take the responsibility of WMD storage more seriously.

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