2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:36:14 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS: Utah incineration completed
Utahns relieved destruction of chemical weapons is complete
Former critic says, "They contributed to peace."

By Kristen Moulton
Salt Lake Tribune
January 23, 2012

A veteran of the Korean War and three terms in the Utah House, David Ostler is relieved that the longest campaign of his life - the destruction of nasty chemical weapons stored in Utah’s desert for decades - is over.

Workers at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility at Deseret Chemical Depot, 20 miles south of Tooele, finished incinerating the last of the depot's lewisite, a blister agent, at 4:29 a.m. Saturday.

"It's good to have that behind us," says Ostler, who with hundreds of other Utahns played a behind-the-scenes role in the Army's $3.3 billion campaign to obliterate 44 percent of the nation's stockpile of chemical weapons, which it had stored at the depot beginning in 1945. Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) and the Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency remain committed to helping to confront this problem.


For the entire article, see
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53347170-78/says-chemical-utah- weapons.html.csp


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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