TITLE

Farewell to arms

AUTHOR(S)
Siegel, Jonas
PUB. DATE
July 2006
SOURCE
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the contention of the two processes in disposing the 30,000 tons of the U.S. chemical weapons in compliance to the treaty held in the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. The stockpile of chemical materials include sarin nerve agent, VX nerve agent and mustard gas. The two techniques used of the disarmament are incineration and neutralization. In mid-1990s, community activists opposed incineration as it could be potentially hazardous to the environment, thus neutralization was supported. In Aberdeen, Maryland, decontaminated 1,600 tons of mustard gas in February 2006, however remaining stockpile raises a problem on the transport to neutralization sites.
ACCESSION #
21722475

 

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