|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:33:21 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, GLOBAL: "Scientist coalition warns of environmental threat from Syrian chemical weapons disposal in the Med"|
Scientist coalition warns of environmental threat from Syrian
chemical weapons disposal in the Med
Malta Independent February 23, 2014An international operation to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile at sea was described as a major environmental threat to the Mediterranean this week. As a UN-backed plan to treat and dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons in the Mediterranean in relatively close proximity to Malta draws near, a coalition of marine science experts and environmental non-governmental groups led by the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece said on Tuesday that the plan to neutralize Syria’s chemical stockpile aboard a ship in the Mediterranean was “risky and unprecedented”.
Under Syria’s agreement with the UN Security Council, its entire chemical arsenal is to be eliminated by 30 June – a goal that is now becoming increasingly unlikely after Damascus missed a deadline this month to surrender its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.
In a process to be supervised by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and financially backed by the European Union, a hydrolysis system aboard a US cargo ship sailing in international waters between Crete and Sicily will use heated water mixed with other chemicals to neutralize the lethal agents, producing sludge similar to industrial toxic waste.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-02-23/news/scientist- coalition-warns-of-environmental-threat-from-syrian-chemical-weapons- disposal-in-the-med-4035248130/
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