2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:24:02 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, GLOBAL: Army lab in Edgewood (MD) works on Syria demilitarization
Army lab in Edgewood tied to Nobel-winning chemical weapons disarmament group Forensic Analytical Center part of network recognized for work concerning Syria

By Scott Dance
Baltimore Sun (MD)
November 6, 2013

A team of scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground may play a critical role in helping the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, disarm Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.

In a squat brick building surrounded by two layers of chain-link fence topped with razor wire, the U.S. Army's Forensic Analytical Center is capable of dissecting samples of suspected or destroyed chemical weapons. It is one of 21 labs around the world certified to work with the organization to confirm the presence of nerve agents and other chemical weapons.

At least one of those 21 labs helped confirm the use of sarin nerve gas in an August attack in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people. Officials at the Army lab, part of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center on the Harford County base, won't say whether it was involved.

But as global leaders pursue dismantling Syria's chemical weapons programs, labs like the one in Edgewood could play a key role going forward.


For the entire article, see
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-chemical- weapons-lab-20131101,0,5601575.story


Lenny Siegel
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