Chemical Weapons News August 18

Mustard agent detected at Blue Grass Army Depot – The Richmond Register
Trace amounts of mustard vapor were found Monday inside a chemical agent storage structure or “igloo” that houses mustard agent filled artillery shells at the Blue Grass Army Depot…

Russia Restricts Transparency at Major Chemical Weapons Site, Group Says – Martin Matishak – Global Security Newswire
Russia recently forced an international nonprofit organization to close offices intended to ensure transparency in the operations of one of the country’s largest chemical weapons destruction sites…

Spring Valley weapons search moving to reservoir – Henry Jaffe – The Washington Examiner
Funny how the Army Corps of Engineers keeps unearthing more poisons in Spring Valley. Only it’s not so funny. It’s downright alarming and scary. Last week engineers hired to clean up a pit where the Army buried chemical weapons from World War I dug up a small flask encrusted with mustard gas…

Vial Used for Chemical Agent Mustard Is Uncovered – Michael E. Ruane – The Washington Post
Residue in a laboratory vial found last week in a back yard in Northwest Washington has tested positive for the World War I blistering agent mustard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday…

Loose Mustard Agent Container Uncovered in D.C. Neighborhood – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Army yesterday said it had found an open container of mustard blister agent buried in a vacant property in an upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood…

Chemical Weapons Destroyer Named One of Nation’s Safest Worksites – Occupational Health and Safety Magazine
OSHA has presented its highest workplace safety recognition to contractor workers at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF), the U.S. Army chemical weapons incinerator complex located at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah, outside of Salt Lake City…

Russia on Pace to Meet Chemical Disarmament Deadline, General Says – Global Security Newswire
Russia has reported destroying 37 percent of its arsenal of chemical warfare agents…

Iran urges prompt implementation of CWC – The Tehran Times
A senior Iranian official on Saturday called on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) member states to push all other countries, specially the U.S., to implement the convention promptly…

AG rejects Manbar’s request for parole – Haaretz
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz recently rejected a request by Nahum Manbar for an early release from prison. Manbar was convicted in 1997 of selling equipment and know-how to Iran for the manufacture of chemical weapons…

UK MP testifies on ‘genocide’ against Marsh Arabs – Aubrey Belford – AFP
A member of the British House of Lords has described witnessing “genocide” by executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime against Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the early 1990s. Baroness Emma Nicholson was this week the first foreigner to testify in the Baghdad trial of 42 Iraqis, including Saddam’s hatchet-man “Chemical Ali” Hassan al-Majid…

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