|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 26 Jun 1995 21:01:05 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||CONVENTIONAL AMMO DEMILITARIZATION|
CONVENTIONAL AMMO DEMILITARIZATION A great deal of attention has been paid to the demilitarization of weapons of mass destruction - nuclear weapos, ICBMs, chemical weapons - that are covered by treaties, but the destruction - or merely the continued storage - of unusable conventional munitions could also pose a significant environmental risk. Recent data compiled by the Army Materiel Command suggests that the U.S. is preparing to dispose of vast quantities of such weapons. Presumably, other major powers - and many minor ones as well - also have surplus and obsolete weapons requiring disposal. The Army continues to oppose outside regulation of weapons demil - until the munitions are certified for disposal at a treatment or disposal site. But it recognizes that both open burning/open detonation and incineration are environmentally unsound. It is promoting recycing and reuse of weapons components, as well as treatment technologies that include supercritical water oxidation and plasma arc furnaces. Below are official projections for the quantities of ammunition entering the official ammunition demilitarization account each year. Please note, however, that by April 15, 1995 the FY 1995 total had reached 126,000 tons, more than the amount projected for the entire year ending June 30. Fiscal Year TONS 1995 124,855 1996 129,309 1997 94,658 1998 82,737 1999 74,275 2000 63,948 2001 62,014 TOTAL 631,796
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