2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 20 Apr 2004 08:12:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Secondary waste controversy
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Chorus of officials questioning VX plan grows louder

April 19, 2004

The proposal to transport and treat the neutralized VX nerve agent
wastewater at the DuPont Chambers Works in Deepwater has brought many
concerns, even after studies have been conducted on behalf of the U.S.
Army and DuPont that claim the process would be safe.

Despite the initial research findings that conclude the wastewater can
be transported and treated safely and effectively, local as well as
state officials are continuing to step up, state their opinions and
request answers to many unanswered questions, as the public comment
deadline approaches.

* In January, U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine, D-N.J., joined by Sen. Frank R.
Lautenberg, D-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-1st Dist., and U.S.
Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist., requested the Army extend the comment
period to give the public an extended opportunity to learn about and
comment on the disposal plan.

"Our constituents have expressed deep concerns about this proposal and
we request that their concerns be given a full hearing," the senators
and congressmen wrote. "A 30-day comment period will not allow our
constituents sufficient time to learn about this complex procedure,
which involves one of the deadliest chemicals ever produced.''

* At a meeting held at Corzine's office in Washington, D.C., officials
agreed to extend the comment period for another 60 days and hold two
open public information meetings in both New Jersey and Delaware.


for the entire story, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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