2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Jun 2004 21:35:54 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Newport, Indiana chemical stockpile destruction
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Army to destroy deadly nerve gas

'Most lethal chemical on the planet'

Associated Press (CNN.com)
June 10, 2004

NEWPORT, Indiana (AP) -- 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.

Residents near the Newport Chemical Depot are ready to see the VX go. So
are activists who keep tabs on the nation's cache of weapons of mass destruction.

"One drop the size of George Washington's eye on a quarter is enough to
kill a healthy, 180-pound male. It's the most lethal chemical on the
planet," said Craig Williams, director of the Chemical Weapons Working
Group, a Kentucky-based watchdog organization.

But a dispute over what will become of the project's wastewater could
leave the rural community about 70 miles west of Indianapolis stuck with
the nerve agent's legacy.


for the entire story, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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