Chemical Weapons News – March 30

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Cleanup missions benefit from high-tech experts – Tri-city Herald
This will be another exciting year for Parsons’ Technology Development and Fabrication Complex (TDFC). Since our establishment in the Tri-Cities in 1999, TDFC has been regularly challenged by the departments of Defense and Energy to develop, fabricate and test some of the world’s most innovative and complex machines…

Elite National Guard team trains at Oriskany site – UTICA Observer Dispatch
The makeshift weapons lab was littered with crushed cans and broken glass. And a wading pool in a nearby room stood ready should one of its owners need to decontaminate himself…

Rail Firm Opposes Some Chlorine Shipments – Global Security Newswire
Union Pacific has asked federal regulators to allow the railroad to refrain from transporting chlorine to some specific destinations because of safety concerns…

Report condemns Israel’s phosphorus shell use in Gaza – CNN
The Israeli military’s firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas during the Gaza offensive “was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Wednesday…

Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza – the Guardian
Israel’s military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes…

Controlled burn planned for Newport Depot – the Tribune Star
Vermillion County residents should not be alarmed if they see smoke coming from the southwestern part of the Newport Chemical Depot on Friday or Saturday…

Prairie to burn at Newport Chemical Depot – Chicago Tribune
State forestry officials will conduct a controlled burn of prairie grass at the Newport Chemical Depot, where 275,000 gallons of deadly nerve agent was destroyed under an international treaty…

Porton Down ‘not death sentence’ – BBC
Porton Down veterans used as guinea-pigs to test chemical weapons face no greater risk of dying from cancer but health worries remain…

Depot’s weapons disposal plant a work in progress – Richmond Register
The construction of the chemical weapons disposal plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot has come a long way, but still has a long way to go, according to acting site project manager Ralph Collins…

Sarin Disposal Project Completed at Kentucky Depot – Global Security Newswire
All aspects of a small-scale sarin nerve agent disposal project at the Blue Grass Army Depot have been completed, the U.S. Army announced yesterday…

Simulated attack – Lake County News-Sun
The terrorist was late during a simulated chemical attack drill staged at North Chicago High School on Friday morning to practice coordination between police, fire and Army Reserve units…

Chemical Ali’s victims have waited too long for justice – Daily News
I’ve begun to wonder of late why the worst mass murderer on the planet is still drawing breath, especially as he was sentenced to death years ago, a sentence that was to have been carried out almost as soon as it was imposed…

Also of interest – OPCW Director-General Rogelio Pfirter’s name has been mentioned in the list of potential candidates to head the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):

IAEA Board Fails to Pick New Agency Chief – Global Security Newswire
Neither candidate to become the next head of the International Atomic Energy Agency received the nod this week from the organization’s governing board, opening the door for other aspirants to grab the position…

Nuclear watchdog agency fails to elect new chief – Los Angeles Times
Diplomats meeting in Vienna failed Friday to elect a new leader for the world’s nuclear watchdog agency amid a hardening split between industrial powers and developing countries over how best to control atomic weapons and energy…

Finally on a lighter note:

I love the smell of napalm and soccer in the morning – Denver/Boulder Decider
So here’s my suggestion: call the team Rocky Mountain Arsenal. The Dick is built on the old site of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which was a chemical weapon manufacturing facility until it closed in 1992. What’s a better way to honor that horrific factory of death than by making opposing teams think they might get napalmed…

Chemical Weapons News – March 24

Threat of dirty bombs ‘increased’ – BBC
There is an increased risk terrorists could get hold of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons to attack the UK, the Home Office has said…

Chemical attack on UK now ‘more realistic’: Smith – The Hindu News
Releasing a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, UK Home secretary Jacqui Smith today warned an attack on Britain involving chemical or nuclear weapons is now “more realistic”…

Rising threat of dirty bomb attack on UK, says Jacqui Smith – The Times
A terrorist attack on the UK involving chemical or nuclear weapons is now “more realistic” as a result of failed states and the theft of materials that can be used to make a dirty bomb, the Government warned today…

British official: Chemical attack on UK “more realistic” – China View
The threat of an attack on Britain involving chemical or nuclear weapons is now “more realistic,” a senior government official warned Tuesday…

Dirty bomb threat ‘more realistic’ – The Press Association
Terrorist group al Qaida is likely to fragment in the coming years but an attack on Britain involving chemical or nuclear weapons is now “more realistic”, the Government has warned…

Terrorist WMD Possibility “More Realistic,” British Official Says – Global Security Newswire
Prospects for terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction have increased in recent years, a development that requires special attention from intelligence agencies…

“Chemical Weapons” Conviction for Philly Wife – Wired
No one is accused Carol Anne Bond of being a terrorist — just of a seriously pissed-off, seriously deranged wife, who used a rather creative means to try to get back at her husband’s mistress…

Lawyer: Chemical-weapon law misapplied in Pa. case – The Associated Press
The federal government overreached when it used an anti-terrorism law to prosecute a jealous lab technician who tried to harm her husband’s mistress by leaving deadly chemicals on a door handle at her home and in the tailpipe of her car…

Angry Wife Should Not Have Faced Chemical Weapons Charge, Lawyer Says – Global Security Newswire
A Pennsylvania woman should not have been convicted of trying to use a chemical weapon against her husband’s mistress, her lawyer said yesterday during an appeals hearing…

Japanese Businessmen Sentenced for Chemical Weapons Disposal Fraud – Global Security Newswire
Four former business executives in Japan received suspended prison sentences today for cheating the government out of $3 million after their company was contracted to support chemical weapons disposal operations in China…

Chemical Weapons News – March 23

Remembering Halabja – VOA News
The Iran-Iraq war was in its eighth deadly year. On the front lines of that conflict was the Iraqi city of Halabja, near the border with Iran. An intense air and artillery bombardment shook this city of 50,000, driving the inhabitants underground…

Iraqi chemical attack recalled at UN ceremony – Herald Tribune
Iraq’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged the United Nations to commemorate yearly the anniversary of a chemical weapons attack by Saddam Hussein’s government that he called the largest against civilians in history…

Iraqi chemical attack recalled at UN ceremony – The Associated Press
Iraq’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged the United Nations to commemorate yearly the anniversary of a chemical weapons attack by Saddam Hussein’s government that he called the largest against civilians in history…

Victims of Iraqi Chemical Attack Remembered – Global Security Newswire
Observances were held yesterday at the United Nations and in Iraq for the victims of the Hussein regime’s 1988 chemical attack on the Kurdish village of Halabja, the Associated Press reported…

Halabja remembers chemical weapons attack – Press TV
Halabja has commemorated the 21st anniversary of the chemical weapons attack that killed between 5,000 and 6,000 people, mostly Kurds and mostly civilians…

Seminar on new strategies to counter illicit trafficking of chemical, biological and bacteriological material – UNRIC
UNICRI and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW, the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention working in close cooperation with the UN system) have organised a one-day international seminar on illicit trafficking of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material…

Raman renaissance in defense and security – SPIE
Conventional Raman spectroscopy is established as a versatile technique for both ‘point-and-shoot’ identification and forensic analysis of many illicit materials, including drugs and explosives…

Iraqi Government Seeks Permission to Execute “Chemical Ali” – Global Security Newswire
The government of Iraq is seeking approval to carry out the executions of former top officials in the Hussein regime, the Associated Press reported yesterday…

Half of Mustard Agent Bulk Containers Destroyed at Utah Depot – Global Security Newswire
Half of the Deseret Chemical Depot’s stockpile of bulk containers filled with mustard agent have been destroyed, the U.S. Army announced this month…

Cambodia approves draft law on non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical weapons – China View
ambodia approved on Friday a draft law banning nuclear, chemical, bio-chemical and radio-active weapons in the country…

Abbott Furnace Company Ships Munition Treatment Unit – PR Newswire
Abbott Furnace Company, a private Pennsylvania corporation, announced today that it has shipped the first of two Munitions Treatment Units for a chemical demilitarization project in Pueblo, Colorado. The Pueblo plant, which is under construction, will destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons…
Communities Seek Accountability for Military Pollution – Common Dreams
More than 80 affected communities and organizations from across the U.S. have joined together to support federal legislation that will require the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to comply with laws designed to protect human health and the environment…

Chemical Weapons News – March 16

Video From UH Subs Show Munitions On Ocean Floor – MSNBC
Deep-sea submersibles from the University of Hawaii returned from a mission to determine what to do with possible chemical munitions in the ocean off Pearl Harbor…

Scientists Develop CW Decontamination Wipe – Global Security Newswire
A Texas-based team has used federal funding to create a wipe that would neutralize chemical warfare materials released in a terrorist attack…

“Chemical Ali” Sentenced for 1992 Killings – Global Security Newswire
The former Iraqi official best known as “Chemical Ali” received a 15-year prison sentence today for abetting the 1992 execution of 42 people over alleged business abuses…

‘Chemical Ali,’ others sentenced in Iraq – UPI
A former senior Iraqi official under President Saddam Hussein known as “Chemical Ali” has drawn a 15-year prison sentence for war crimes…

Advisory co-chair wants decision on chemical weapons hydrolysate – The Richmond Register
The co-chair of the community advisory board that met Tuesday for a progress update on construction of the chemical weapons destruction plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot expressed displeasure about the lack of progress in one aspect of the project…

Libya Frustrated by Payback for Abolishing WMD Programs – Global Security Newswire
Libyan officials have complained recently that the United States has not delivered benefits promised for Tripoli’s 2003 decision to abandon its WMD programs…

Libya Complains – The New York Times
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi did the right thing five years ago in deciding to end Libya’s illicit nuclear and chemical weapons programs…

Officers receive truck for Chemical Biological Nuclear Response Team – Rome News Tribune
Local law enforcement officials have received a new truck that would aid response against possible chemical, biological or nuclear weapon attacks…

Activist Seeks Information on CW Destruction Waste Plans – Global Security Newswire
An environmental activist called Tuesday for officials to say when they would decide on a plan for disposing of wastewater produced through neutralizing chemical warfare materials stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky…

Kettering University research could help protect troops from chemical warfare – mlive
The Pentagon’s investment in Flint is paying off. Millions of dollars of research at Kettering University for the U.S. Department of Defense could help better protect troops from chemical warfare…

LTTE plot for mass scale chemical attack barred – Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 57 Division on Tuesday, the 5th of March found a large stock of gas masks and chemical resistant costumes from a captured LTTE camp in Udayarkattukulam North…

Army Depot pilot plant to get new project manager – The Richmond Register
Jeffrey L. Brubaker has been selected as the project site manager for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond…

Chemical Weapons News – March 11

Destroying a Toxic Threat – The Moscow Times
By Rogelio Pfirter
The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in April 1997 and is the first multilateral treaty that bans an entire class of weapons of mass destruction…

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with Rogelio Pfirter, Director General of the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – ISRIA
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov received on March 10 the Director General of the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Rogelio Pfirter…

5 Years After It Halted Weapons Programs, Libya Sees the U.S. as Ungrateful – The New York Times
When Libya gave up its nuclear and chemical weapons programs in late 2003, President George W. Bush pointed to the decision as a victory in Washington’s so-called war on terror…

Latest MoD investigation reveals more areas of mustard gas contamination – Teesdale Mercury
MORE areas of chemical warfare contamination have been discovered on Bowes Moor and experts, who say there are no health risks, have issued advice on how people can stay safe…

Newport Chemical Depot seeks cleanup equipment – Chron
Officials at the Newport Chemical Depot in western Indiana are asking state officials for permission to install a large hot-air dryer to clean materials that may have come into contact with deadly nerve agent or the waste that remained after its destruction…

Newport Depot Seeks Permission to Dry CW Destruction Materials – Global Security Newswire
The Newport Chemical Depot in Indiana is seeking state approval to systematically evaporate liquid residue from protective suits, valves and other gear involved in the destruction of the facility’s VX nerve agent stockpile…

Newport Chemical Depot cleaning materials that may have come in contact with VX – Terre Haute News
All of the VX is gone, but now the Newport Chemical Depot in Vermillion County is working to clean up materials that may have come into contact with either the nerve agent or the solution…

UH submersibles still looking for main cache of dumped weapons – Honolulu Advertiser
The University of Hawaii today said it has found “hundreds” of dumped munitions four to six miles south of Pearl Harbor as it continues to search for and test the waters and sediment around tons of chemical weapons…

FNC to Discuss Amendments to Federal Draft Laws on Tuesday – Khaleej Times
The Federal National Council (FNC) will discuss next Tuesday, draft amendments to some provisions of the federal law which bans updating, producing and storing chemical weapons in the UAE…

Russia Destroys Chemical Arms – Prensa Latina
Russia has fulfilled its commitment with the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by destroying 12,000 tons of chemical arms before March 1st…

‘Swift Solution’ could conclude by end of the month – The Richmond Register
The waste from three steel containers stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot has safely arrived at its disposal location at Veolia Environmental Services near Port Arthur, Texas…

Report Underscores Importance of Expanding Nunn-Lugar – American Chronicle
Today the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report on the future of the Nunn-Lugar Program. U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar hailed the report as a “critically important set of recommendations that should guide the Obama Administration´s efforts…

New Russian Chemical Weapons Site Begins Operations – Global Security Newswire
Russia has begun to operate a U.S.-backed chemical weapons disposal facility near the Ural Mountains, the environmental organization Global Green USA announced yesterday…

Chemical Weapons News – March 6

Israelis Poorly Prepared for Chemical Strike, Report Says – Global Security Newswire
The Israeli public is highly vulnerable to a chemical-weapon attack because the government has made a “continuing mess” of plans to collect and maintain aging supplies of gas masks and other materials…

Preparing for WMDs – The Brownsville Herald
The officers and agents on Wednesday raced into the ramshackle house with their assault rifles ready. They searched for a bag of white powder – an unknown chemical with unknown consequences. It could have been anthrax. It could have been deadly…

Waste From Blue Grass Chemical Disposal Project Reaches Texas – Global Security Newswire
The first batch of wastewater produced by a small-scale chemical warfare materials disposal project at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky has arrived at a Texas incinerator…

S’pore hosts training course for protection against chemical weapons – Asian One News
The inaugural “Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents” training course will be conducted from 2 to 6 March 2009 at the Civil Defence Academy…

Chemical Weapons News – March 3

Economic Meltdown Could Hamper Chemical Weapons Disarmament, OPCW Chief Says – Global Security Newswire
Nations might find it more difficult amid the global economic meltdown to provide the funding needed to meet the international deadline for chemical weapons disarmament…

Russian Chemical Disarmament Faces Budget Crunch – Global Security Newswire
The global economic crisis could derail Russia’s effort to meet the international deadline for full elimination of its chemical weapons arsenal…

Subs ready to prowl for dumped weapons – Honolulu Advertiser
The University of Hawai’i's two submersible craft will descend 900 to 2,000 feet to the ocean floor five miles south of Pearl Harbor starting next week to search for tons of chemical weapons that were dumped during and after World War II, the Army said…

Army and UH Search for Underwater Weapons – KGMB9
In 2006 off the Waianae coast, researchers put a camera in the ocean to search for discarded ordnance and scored a direct hit. Ordnance Reef is one of three military dump sites off Oahu…

Depth Chargers – Star Bulletin
The University of Hawaii’s two submersibles will spend 15 days beginning Monday filming and taking water and sediment samples south of Pearl Harbor as part of an Army project…

Undersea bombs threaten marine life – CNN
Beyond the golden beaches and beneath the blue waters of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques is a site that resembles more of a munitions graveyard than a Caribbean paradise…

Groups discuss ratification of Chemical Weapons Convention – The Freeport News
Representatives from the Ministries of Environment, National Security and Foreign Affairs as well as a number of other public and private enterprises converged at the Our Lucaya Resort for a meeting geared towards the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention…

Operation Swift Solution reaches critical milestone – the Richmond Register
Operation Swift Solution, the Army initiative to eliminate three deteriorating steel containers storing a mixture of GB nerve agent and its decontamination breakdown products, reached another critical milestone…