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…

Chemical Weapons News Aug. 6

India Draws Up Guidelines to Manage Chemical Attacks – Global Security Newswire
India yesterday released guidelines that would be used to prevent or deal with acts of chemical terrorism…

Terrorists can resort to chemical weapons: Antony – The Times of India
Terrorists are getting “more and more aggressive” and can resort to using chemical weapons to cause maximum casualties, defence minister A.K. Antony said on Tuesday, adding that the Indian armed forces will prepare to counter any such attack…

FIRE: Blaze contained at Umatilla chemical weapon depot – The Tri-City Herald
Firefighters contained several lightning-caused fires at the Umatilla Chemical Depot by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The fires, which started about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, burned several thousand of the depot’s 19,729 acres…

1,000s of acres burn at depot – The East Oregonian
Lighting sparked multiple wildfires Tuesday night on the Umatilla Chemical Depot and burned thousands of acres…

South African Politician Alleges WMD-Capable Bomb Sale to Libya – Global Security Newswire
A South African opposition party official on Sunday accused the government of approving the sale of WMD-capable bombs to Libya…

House Approves Funds for U.S. Chemical Weapons Disposal – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $547 million in fiscal 2010 funding for efforts to finish off destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile…

Army is studying effects of dumping live ammo in sea – Gregg K. Kakesako – The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
For the past two years, the Army has reviewed more than 2 million documents under a congressional mandate to pinpoint and determine the effects of dumping of chemical and conventional weapons into the ocean — which was banned in 1972…

Maliki vows justice for Kurd gas victims – Press TV
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said that he will bring to justice Saddam Hussein’s aides who ordered chemical attacks on Kurdish villages in 1988…

180 lose jobs at Newport – The Danville Commercial-News
bout 180 workers will lose their jobs at the end of September at the Newport Chemical Depot, according to a press release. The workers are employed by Parsons Corp., the Army contractor that built, operated and now is dismantling the facility where more than 1,200 tons of chemical agent VX was destroyed…

Funding could accelerate demil process at depot: Defense bill passes House, goes to Senate – Ronica Shannon – The Richmond Register
The 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill passed Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives includes funding to accelerate chemical weapons disposal at the Blue Grass Army Depot…

Weapons disposal funds approved – Lexington Herald-Leader
Funds to accelerate the disposal of the chemical weapons stored at Kentucky’s Blue Grass Army Depot were included in the defense spending bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Thursday…

Israel admits white phosphorus use – Al Jazeera English
Israel has admitted to using white phosphorus during its war on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, but says it did so in accordance with international law…

Whistle blower was right – The Lexington Herald-Leader
The Army must reassure the Blue Grass Army Depot’s workers and neighbors that the atmosphere for employees who raise safety concerns is not as toxic as the stuff they’re guarding…

Russia’s Maradykovsky Facility Destroys First Ton of Sarin – Global Security Newswire
Russia’s Maradykovsky facility has destroyed one ton of sarin gas, the first of 231 tons of the deadly nerve agent that the site plans to eliminate by the end of the year…

Russia destroys first ton of war gas sarin – ITAR-TASS
The first ton of the warfare gas sarin was destroyed at the chemical weapons destruction facility Maradykovsky in the Kirov region. “The destruction of this substance, which is a nerve agent, was launched on July 27, and more than 1,100 kilograms of sarin has already been destroyed so far,”…

Depot hit by fire, chemical weapons leak – Tri-City Herald
Both a brush fire and an unrelated leak of mustard chemical agent vapor inside a storage igloo were reported at the Umatilla Chemical Depot Monday. At no time did the public appear to be in danger…

Chemical Weapons News July 27

Army Admits Nerve Gas Leak Detectors in Kentucky Did Not Work for Two Years – AllGov News
Proper storage of deadly nerve gas agents at military facilities requires the use of monitoring devices to ensure the protection of base personnel and local communities from possible leaks. But the operators of the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky allowed such leak detectors to be removed from underground igloos…

Umatilla Reports Mustard Agent Leak – Global Security Newswire
Workers as the U.S. Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon on Tuesday detected a mustard agent leak in a storage unit…

Rotary Club gets the facts about Pine Bluff Arsenal – Bill Shrum – The Stuttgart Daily Leader
Cheryl Avery, a Stuttgart resident and public affairs officer, Regina Smith, community outreach chemical disposal administrator and Raini Brunson, public affairs officer for the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility were guests of the Stuttgart Rotary Club of the Stuttgart Country Club at noon Tuesday…

NKorea ‘Tests Weapons on Children’ – Steve ChaoAl Jazeera or Military.com
But among the accounts they carried with them is one of the most shocking yet to emerge – namely the use of humans, specifically mentally or physically handicapped children, to test North Korea’s biological and chemical weapons…

Continued Commitment Needed on U.S. Chemical Disarmament, OPCW Chief Says – Chris Schneidmiller – Global Security Newswire
A leading international nonproliferation official is urging the United States not to retreat from providing sufficient funds to accelerate the complete elimination of the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons…

Advocacy Group Calls for Leadership Shifts at Blue Grass Depot – Global Security Newswire
An advocacy group hopes to see senior officials ousted at a U.S. Army chemical weapons storage facility in Kentucky following an improper relocation of equipment used for detecting potentially dangerous leaks of VX nerve agent…

Chemical Weapons in Baltic Sea Remain a Threat, Lithuania Says – Global Security Newswire
Lithuania on Monday called for continued attention to the danger posed by chemical weapons dumped decades ago in the Baltic Sea…

N.O.A.A Studies Ocean Currents off West Oahu – Brooks Baehr – KGMB9 News
A study of ocean currents at two munitions disposal sites off the West coast of Oahu is about to begin. The studies are being done so scientists know where the currents go in case the discarded weapons release contaminants into the water…

Army: Agent monitoring system was inoperative – Ronica Shannon – The Richmond Register
Chemical weapons stockpiled at the Blue Grass Army Depot went two years without being monitored, according to a report released Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)…

Faulty monitoring cited at Ky. weapons depot – Jeff McMurray – The Associated Press, Kentucky.com
An Army inspector general’s report concludes that a Kentucky chemical weapons stockpile was inadequately monitored for a deadly nerve agent for two years, although the report found no evidence that any workers were exposed or that any agent escaped the storage igloos into the atmosphere…

Army Criticizes CW Oversight Practice at Blue Grass Depot – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Army inspector general found that officials at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky for two years impaired monitoring of air quality in chemical weapons storage units…

Kentucky Chemical Weapons Leak Detectors Dysfunctional for Years – Environmental News Service
The U.S. Army has acknowleged that the nerve gas leak monitors at a Kentucky chemical weapons storage depot were not working for nearly two years, 2003-2005. The admission is contained in a U.S. Army Inspector General report dated February 2006 but released today…

Chemical Weapons News July 20

Depot gives county court update on weapons disposal – Erin Mills – The East Oregonian
The Umatilla Chemical Depot’s disposal of the last of its chemical weapons is moving swiftly, despite a few setbacks involving leaks of mustard chemical agent vapor and mercury…

Umatilla Chemical Depot gets new commanding officer – Josh Peterson – KVEW ABC News
Lieutenant Colonel Kris Perkins has held nearly a dozen positions during his military career. He’s worked in Texas, Alabama, California, Louisiana and Korea. Now, he and his wife and three kids are in eastern Oregon…

Umatilla Chemical Depot Under New Command – KNDO/KNDU NBC News
The Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is under new leadership. His name is Lt. Col. Kris Perkins…

Eye Drops Could Counter Chemical-Weapon Effects – Global Security Newswire
Eye drops being developed in the United States could someday be used to protect soldiers from blindness if they are exposed to mustard blister agent, Wayne State University in Detroit announced last week…

Chemical Weapons News July 14

Poisoned legacy: The Hiroshima of the chemical industry is still claiming victims – babies born 25 years later with serious birth defects – By Billy Briggs – The Scotland Sunday Herald
Unable to steer safely in the mud, the driver of our rickshaw pulls into the side of the road to allow us to take shelter from torrential rain. There, under a shop’s awning, a small crowd of people are standing together waiting for the weather to break…

Army Finds World War I-Era Chemical Weapon in Hawaii – Global Security Newswire
Personnel at a U.S. Army installation in Hawaii last month found a nearly century-old mortar that is believed to contain the chemical warfare material phosgene…

WWI-era mortar shell found at Schofield range – By William Cole – The Honolulu Advertiser
A World War I-era mortar shell that likely contains phosgene, a choking agent, was found June 27 on a firing range impact area at Schofield Barracks, the Army said yesterday…

World War I chemical gas agent found at Schofield – Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Schofield Barracks workers have found another World War I era canister on a remote training range that contained a choking gas agent…

Senators Increase Funding for Chemical Weapons Disposal – Global Security Newswire
A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday tacked on $5 million to what stands to be the largest-ever appropriation for the preparation of chemical weapons disposal facilities at two U.S. storage sites…

McConnell proposes more depot funding – By Ronica Shannon – The Richmond Register
An extra $5 million was added Tuesday to the chemical weapons destruction project at the Blue Grass Army Depot after the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee accepted a request from U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell…

Kennewick Engineering Firm Selected For Depot Land Planning – ABC KVEW News
The Umatilla Chemical Land Redevelopment Authority has selected Kennewick Engineering Firm, Dana Engineering, to draft a plan for the depot’s land once the incineration of chemical weapons there is complete…

Senate Panel Supports Pueblo CW Disposal Plant Funding – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved legislation that would provide $92.5 million for construction of a chemical warfare materials demilitarization plant in Colorado…

Chemtrails: Mainstream denial and hazardous risk to your health – By Brooke Bulatek – Baltimore Examiner
Looking up in the sky, one might see an array of bizarre rows and columns of misty perspiration representing a tic-tac-toe or giant X regime. Whatever meets the naked eye in the sky can be mistaken for possible exhaust fuel from a jet…

Mustard Leak Found at Umatilla Chemical Depot – Global Security Newswire
Workers at a U.S. Army chemical weapons repository in Oregon yesterday detected a mustard agent vapor leak in one of the facility’s storage units…

Mustard chemical agent vapor detected at depot – Tri-City Herald
Trace amounts of mustard chemical agent vapor were detected inside a Umatilla Chemical Depot storage igloo Tuesday…

2 bills contain $9.9 million for Central Ky. projects – By Ashlee Clark – Lexington Herald-Leader
Two bills that will go to the U.S. Senate floor for consideration contain nearly $10 million in funding for two Central Kentucky projects, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday…

Chemical weapons cleanup – By Ned Stafford – Chemistry World
Researchers have found a safe, speedy and environmentally friendly way to clean up chemical weapons such as sulfur mustard, using a hydrogen peroxide-based microemulsion decontamination system…

Dutch Iran-Iraq war profiteer guilty of war crimes – Press TV
A Dutch businessman who sold chemicals for weapons production to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has pleaded guilty to war crime charges…

Mustard Munitions Processing Begins at ANCDF – U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency Press Release – PRNewswire
U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) officials announced today that chemical munitions demilitarization operations resumed Thursday afternoon, July 2, at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF). ANCDF is located at Anniston Army Depot, Ala…

Chemical Weapons News June 26

War of the poison dart: How Britain planned to rain death on the Nazis with sewing machine needles – The Daily Mail
The concept sounds almost medieval in its crude simplicity. A war strategy to shower enemy troops with tens of thousands of poisoned darts made from sewing machine needles that could bring death in minutes…

Britain’s secret weapon: sewing needles – Alan Travis – The Guardian
British biological warfare scientists developed a poisoned dart to rain down on enemy troops during the second world war and used sewing machine needles to make prototypes…

Britain considered Japan chemical attack: records – AFP
Britain considered attacking Tokyo with chemical weapons almost a year before the US bombardments that ended World War II in Asia, declassified records revealed on Friday. The records at the National Archives, which have remained hidden from public view for 65 years, revealed clear proposals to use gas on civilians in 1944…

British wanted poison darts for WWII – Gregory Katz, The Associated Press – Accessed from The Edmonton Sun
Long before Ian Fleming dreamed up James Bond, the British military was planning to develop poison darts, lethal weapons that would have pleased 007 and his gadget man, Q. Detailed proposals about the poison-laden darts, which were supposed to be dropped on enemy troops from Royal Air Force bombers…

OPCW Chief Meets With Leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina – Global Security Newswire
The head of the organization that monitors compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention met Monday with top officials in Bosnia-Herzegovina to discuss efforts by national governments to enforce the treaty…

Gas leak detected at weapons depot – KTVZ News
Employees of the Umatilla Chemical Depot detected a small leak of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas in 1 of the storage igloos but depot officials said the leak would be repaired and decontaminated with no risk to humans…

Chemical Plants Must Be Safe From Attack – By Reps. Bennie Thompson, Henry Waxman, Sheila Jackson Lee and Ed Markey – Roll Call
It is a terrible fact of life after 9/11 that we now more fully understand the elements of a terrorist attack. It involves a weapon, a target and a terrorist. In London, Madrid, Islamabad, Mumbai and Bali, the elements were separate and distinct. In some cases, however, the weapon and the target could be one and the same…

House Panel Advances Chemical Security Bill – Chris Strohm – Global Security Newswire
Chemical facilities across the country could be required to use safer technologies and processes and could be sued for security violations under legislation approved by Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee late Tuesday…

No Public Comment Offered On Arsenal’s Burn Permit – Amy Riggin – The Pine Bluff Commercial
It appears that local residents don’t have much to say about continued chemical weapons incineration. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting Monday at White Hall City Hall to give the public a chance to provide input on the Pine Bluff Arsenal’s chemical weapons disposal permit renewal…

Judge Denies Injunction Against Mustard Agent Incineration at Umatilla – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon will continue burning mustard blister agent for the time being despite objections from environmental groups…

Disarmament cooperation with Russia: construction begins today on a new chemical weapons destruction plant in Pochep, German MFA announced – Auswärtiges Amt
Today (22 June 2009) German firms, charged by the Federal Foreign Office, will begin construction of the technical equipment for the chemical weapons destruction plant being built in Pochep in the Bryansk region of the Russian Federation. Under a G8 initiative known as the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, the German Government is supporting…

Update: Arsenal Up For New Permit – Melissa Dunbar-Gates – TodaysTHV
You’re probably aware that just north of Pine Bluff an arsenal is burning and destroying chemical weapons. Most date back to the 1940’s and 1950’s. Monday night the public had a chance to speak out about the arsenal’s permit to do so…

Umatilla Chemical Depot update – The East Oregonian
With the startup of operations again at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, the East Oregonian is starting up its weekly update again. The depot described its start to destroying the mustard ton containers as “slow” and “deliberate,” noting the numbers on the amount destroyed won’t be large to start with…

North Korea’s Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs – International Crisis Group Report
This report examines North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons capabilities in the context of its military doctrine and national objectives. It is based on open source literature, interviews and unpublished documents made available to Crisis Group. Companion reports published simultaneously assess the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities and what the policy response of the international community should be to its recent nuclear and missile testing…

North Korea Could Use Chemical Weapons in Conflict, Report Says – Global Security Newswire
A report released today said that military conflict with North Korea might lead the isolated regime to use its sizable chemical arsenal against South Korea…

US boosts Hawaii defense to counter NKorea threat – Vijay Joshi – The Associated Press
The United States says it has deployed anti-missile defenses around Hawaii, following reports that North Korea is preparing to fire its most advanced ballistic missile in that direction to coincide with the U.S. Independence Day holiday next month…

Analysts: NKorea’s chemical arms as grave as nukes – Jae-Soon Chang – The Associated Press
North Korea’s massive stockpile of chemical weapons is as threatening as its nuclear program, analysts said Thursday, highlighting an aspect of the secretive regime’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction that is rarely talked about…

N. Korea chemical weapons threaten the region: report – The China Times
North Korea has several thousand tons of chemical weapons it can mount on missiles that could be used on a rapid strike against the South, said a report released on Thursday by the International Crisis Group (ICG)…

Massive chemical attack drill carried out across Wisconsin – Brian Bull – Wisconsin Public Radio
Ten Wisconsin hospitals and the U.S. Army Reserve are staging several mass casualty drills this week. Officials say “Operation Red Dragon” is the largest ever exercise they’ve done yet to prepare for a possible, large-scale disaster…

Russia Pledges to Meet 2009 Chemical Weapons Disposal Obligation – Global Security Newswire
A senior Russian official said this week that the nation would meet its obligation to destroy 45 percent of its chemical weapons stockpile by the end of this year…

DHS Officials, Industry Reps Protest Chemical Security Bill – Mickey McCarter – Homeland Security Today
The House Homeland Security Committee will begin markup Thursday of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 (HR 2868)–but it does so over the resistance of the panel’s Republicans, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and representatives of the chemical industry…

Chemical Weapons News – June 8

Umatilla to destroy its last weapons. Now what? – The Associate Press – kgw.com News
After more than 45 years, the days of the Umatilla Chemical Depot are numbered. The depot is preparing to incinerate its hefty supply of mustard gas, the last chemical weapon stored there.

Videos renew debate on military use of animals – CNN
Newly released videos are raising questions about the military’s continued use of live animals in simulated battlefield medical training…

Transfer of mustard blister agent begins – United Press International
The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced it has begun the transfer of mustard blister agent to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. The CMA says the delivery of blister agent HD mustard-filled containers to the UMCDF is a significant milestone…

Final Chemical Agent Disposal Campaign Begins at Umatilla – Global Security Newswire
The final chemical agent demilitarization campaign is under way at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon, the U.S. Army announced yesterday…

Army Begins Mustard Blister Agent Disposal Campaign – US Army Chemical Materials Agency Press Release – PRNewswire.com
Umatilla Chemical Depot (UMCD) storage workers began delivering HD mustard-filled bulk containers or “ton containers” to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) at 10 a.m. this morning. This marks the official start of the last individual chemical munitions disposal campaign at the depot…

Umatilla Depot to destroy mustard gas – The Seattle Times
Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot have begun the process to incinerate the last of the chemical weapons stored there…

Panel Proposes Destruction Method for Leaking Pueblo Mustard Munitions – Global Security Newswire
A U.S. National Academies advisory panel has recommended using a mobile unit already operated by the Army to destroy leaking and heavily corroded mustard agent munitions at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado…

Leaking Munition Secured at Chemical Weapons Depot – Global Security Newswire
Officials at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky have discovered the source of a nerve agent leak in a containment igloo at the installation…

No Legal Option for Meeting Chemical Demilitarization Deadline, Report Says – Global Security Newswire
A new report says that U.S. law prohibits the only realistic option for meeting the 2017 deadline set by Congress for complete elimination of the U.S. chemical-weapon stockpile, Superfund Report reported yesterday…

Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot Hiring Security Guards – KNDO NBC News
For the second time this year the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is hiring more security guards. The depot is hiring more guards because they are about to start another mission…

What Lies Ahead for Pueblo’s Chemical Weapons – 5820 Magazine
A state-of-the-art factory will be built on the open prairie at the Pueblo Chemical Depot to destroy the mustard-gas weapons that have long been stored there. U.S. Senator Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat, visited the depot on Saturday, saying that in his 10 years as a federal lawmaker…

Pueblo Chemical Depot May Receive More Money – Sean Hauser – KRDO ABC News
Senator Mark Udall visited the Steel City Saturday to get a rare look inside the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Udall said at times there hasn’t been enough money dedicated in the past to the Weapons Destruction Program, but he’s hopeful that will soon change…

Arsenal Looks To Closing Chemical Weapons Incinerator – NWA online
Chemical weapons destruction at the Pine Bluff Arsenal is in its final stage, and officials are now considering what to do with the disposal facility after the incinerator and related equipment are decommissioned…

Pine Bluff Arsenal looks to end of chemical weapons disposal, decommissioning of incinerator – Associated Press, accessed at KFSM News
The Pine Bluff Arsenal is in the final years of disposing of chemical weapons stored at the site. incineration of mustard gas scheduled to be complete in November 2011…

Making progress at the depot – By Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and Congressman Ben Chandler, D-Ky. – The Richmond Register
Kentuckians got some good news recently regarding the deadly chemical weapons stored by the Department of Defense at the Blue Grass Army Depot. A recent report from the Department announced progress toward their disposal and a path forward for complete elimination…

Russia Opens CW Destruction Plant

On Friday the Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant in Shchuchye Russia was opened. Its construction was funded under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program started by Seantor Richard Lugar (R-Ind) and former Senator Sam Nunn. Senator Lugar was onhand for the opening of the new facility.

The historic opening was widely covered in the international press and you can read further details, see pictures, and watch video of the event in the media reports below.

Plant to Destroy Chemical Weapons Opens in Russia – Phillip P. Pan – The Washington Post
Russia and the United States formally opened on Friday a plant in Siberia to destroy a huge stockpile of artillery shells filled with deadly nerve agents, more than a decade after alarmed U.S. officials first pledged to help secure and dispose of the weapons…

US, Russia unveil plant to decommission chemical weapons – CCTV-International
The US and Russia have opened a huge plant to decommission about two-million chemical weapons. Located in southern Siberia, the plant was built with the help of one billion dollars from the US government…

Russian chemical weapons destruction plant opens – Jim Heintz – The Associated Press
Russian and U.S. officials on Friday formally opened a massive plant in Siberia that is to destroy some 2 million chemical weapons shells, hailing the move as a milestone in global security and in cooperation between Moscow and Washington…

Russia plant destroys chemical weapons for WWIII – Dmitry Solovyov – Reuters
Much of Russia’s vast Cold War stockpile of chemical weapons, many with single warheads that could kill thousands, will be destroyed at a remote facility launched on Friday. Sarin, Soman and the most potent nerve gas VX…

Lugar Record on the Nunn-Lugar Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility (CWDF) at Shchuchye – Press Release of Senator Lugar
1992: The Pentagon requests authority for the Nunn-Lugar Program to address threats posed by chemical weapons. Congress grants the authority. 1993 – 1996: Nunn-Lugar cooperating with Russia…

US, Russian officials open plant to destroy chemical weapons – Jim Heintz, AP writer – The Boston Globe
Rising out of the rolling fields and tree-lined country roads of southern Siberia is a complex of hulking metal buildings, piping, and high-security fencing. Its purpose? To cope with one of the nastiest legacies of the Cold War…

Russia pledges to destroy chemical weapons – United Press International
The Russian government said Friday it will destroy 45 percent of the country’s chemical weapons stockpile by the end of the year. Russian Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko said during Friday’s opening ceremony…

Major Chemical Weapons Destruction Site Opens in Russia – Global Security Newswire
A major chemical weapons disposal facility formally opened today in Shchuchye, Russia, marking a significant milestone in the continuing global effort to eliminate the arsenals of chemical warfare materials…

Facility to Destroy Chemical Weapons Opens – The Moscow Times
Much of Russia’s vast Cold War stockpile of chemical weapons, many with single warheads that could kill thousands, will be destroyed at a remote Urals facility that opened Friday…

Russia Opens Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant – Voice of America
A massive plant designed to destroy two million chemical weapons opened Friday in Siberia. The plant, funded with more than $1 billion from the U.S…

Russian Chemical Weapons Destruction Site Completed Despite Obstacles – Global Security Newswire
Supporters of a Russian chemical weapons disposal facility set to formally open Friday in Siberia spent years overcoming obstacles posed by U.S. lawmakers and Russian officials to see the project through to completion…

Chemical Weapons News – May 27

Russia to open chemical weapons destruction plant – Jim Heintz- The Associated Press
The bland buildings in western Siberia contain shelf after shelf of nerve-gas shells – some 2 million in all. Each could kill tens of thousands of people, if exploded in a tightly packed area. Many are small enough to be spirited away in a briefcase…

In Siberia, the Death Knell of a Complex Holding a Deadly Stockpile – Clifford J. Levy – The New York Times
Soon after the Soviet Union’s collapse, an American inspection team arrived at a decrepit storage complex in Siberia. The front gate was guarded by a scrawny teenage soldier who had not been paid in months. Giant sheds seemed to hold little of value. Why else would their doors be secured only with rusty bicycle locks?…

Two Chemical Agent Leaks Found at Kentucky Depot – Global Security Newswire
Workers at the Blue Grass Army Depot yesterday discovered chemical agent leaks in two storage structures…

Ky. chemical weapons site reports 2 minor leaks – Jeffrey McMurray, Associated Press Writer – The Chicago Tribune
Two vapor leaks were found Tuesday in separate igloos where thousands of Cold War-era chemical weapons are stored in Kentucky, but Army officials said that they posed little danger outside the facility. The leaked materials were mustard gas and sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent…

Leaks detected at Blue Grass Army Depot – Lexington Herald-Leader at Kentucky.com
Two leaks of different chemical agents were detected Tuesday at Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, but officials said neither poses risk or danger to people in the area…

CTR Program Eliminates 10 Ballistic Missiles – Global Security Newswire
Lugar on Friday plans to attend the formal opening of Russia’s Shchuchye chemical weapons disposal facility, which received significant financial assistance from the CTR program…

Regional meeting of Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons opens in Sofia – News.bg
The Bulgarian minister of economy and energy Peter Dimitrov will open today the Eight regional meeting of the national bodies of the countries members in the East European group of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), informed the press center of the ministry…

Weapons destruction in Alabama foreshadows work at depot – John Norton – The Pueblo Chieftain
One of the most dangerous steps in the destruction of Pueblo’s chemical weapons stockpile will be done by a trio of robotic systems using technology not unlike that found in automobile manufacturing plants. A contingent of state and local officials had a chance to see the first-of-its-kind array of robotic equipment…

Groups disagree about Gulf War illness research – Kelly Kennedy – Air Force Times
The Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs say an Institute of Medicine study shows there is no Gulf War “syndrome,” and that there is nothing unique about the symptoms 1 in 4 Desert Storm veterans suffer. But the congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illness say that not only is there a series of symptoms that make up a definable illness, they know what caused that illness…

Army preparing for chemical disposal at Utah desert site – The Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Army is preparing to dispose of nerve agent and a blister agent at Deseret Chemical Depot…

Arkansas Backs Plan for Faster Mustard Agent Destruction – Global Security Newswire
The Arkansas Environmental Quality Department has approved a proposal for increasing the rate of disposal of mustard agent stored at the Pine Bluff Arsenal…

Activists question use of tear gas to stop riots – Joyce Wanja – Daily Nation
Tear gas, that favourite anti-riot device used by the police, is now under scrutiny over whether it should be classified as a chemical weapon. From riotous football fans to protesting mechanics and university students, the gas has become the club of choice for law enforcers, but a conference in Nairobi on Thursday questioned this adoption. “Its use is acceptable for law keeping purposes, but its effect should not contravene the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention,”…

Pentagon Looks to Destroy 90% of Chemical Stockpile by Treaty Deadline – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Defense Department hopes to eliminate 90 percent of its stockpile of chemical weapons by 2012, the year designated by an international treaty for full disposal of the arsenal…

Arsenal OK’d to step up mustard gas destruction – Arkansas Online
State environmental regulators have cleared the chemical weapons disposal facility at the Pine Bluff Arsenal to accelerate its incineration of its mustard gas stockpile…

Army Adjusts Chemical Weapon Disposal Tracking Following Internal Criticism – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Army recently took steps to improve monitoring of destruction of chemical warfare materials, Defense Environment Alert reported last week. The moves followed a 2008 finding by internal auditors that the service’s Chemical Materials Agency was not always correctly recording disposal of mustard blister agent stored in bulk containers…

Chemical Weapons News – May 19

Top level scrutiny for Marrangaroo Army Base – Lithgow Mercury
A high level international team will visit Lithgow today to monitor the progress on the decontamination program at the Marrangaroo Army Base. Since early this year a group of specialist contractors commissioned by the Defence Department has been working at Marrangaroo to identify and clear chemical warfare residue buried…

60 Percent Milestone Reached – The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency
The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) officials announced the destruction of 60 percent of the U.S. declared stockpile under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This milestone was achieved Saturday, April 25…

While Pueblo waits, U.S. destroys 60% of chemical stockpile – Bea Karnes – KOAA.com
The U.S. has now destroyed 60% of our stockpile of chemical weapons, dating back to World War I. At the Pueblo Chemical Depot, construction in underway on a plant to destroy the stockpile held there…

Versar CEO Chairs Opening Sessions at the 12th Annual Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference – TradingMarkets.com
Versar, Inc. today announced that Dr. Ted Prociv, President and CEO of Versar, Inc. will chair the opening sessions of the 12th annual Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference (CWD 2009) to be held May 19, 2009 in Stratford-on-Avon, in the United Kingdom…

Reappointment to the Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee – Wired-gov.net
Mike O’Brien, Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, today confirmed the reappointment of Dr Tony Bastock as chairman of the CWC National Authority Advisory Committee, for a further four years…

N. K disappointment in fight against chemical weapons: world body – The Korea Herald
The top world body on the use of chemical weapons expressed disappointment Friday at North Korea, which remains one of only two Asian countries that refuse to join an International treaty banning such arms, according to Yonhap News. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) also appealed to Pyongyang…

Refusal to burn weapons looking smarter all the time – Kentucky.com
Consider where chemical weapons are being burned, then where they have been or will be neutralized through a more environmentally benign process…

Tamils call on Rudd to condemn Sri Lanka – News.com.au
Protesters at Sydney’s Martin Place said demonstrations would continue until peace was brought to the Tamil people. Tamil spokesman Adrian Francis said chemical weapons were being used against Tamils…

Chemical industry to work for more safety – Jonathan Lynn – Reuters
Chemicals producers and governments agreed on Friday to step up efforts to push for greater safety in chemicals from lead in paint to microscopic substances. But non-governmental organizations (NGOs) said unless the industry and governments come up with more money, agreed targets for cleaning up chemicals by 2020 were unlikely to be met…

Chemical Demilitarization in Kentucky to Continue Past 2017 – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Defense Department yesterday said it would need until 2021 to finish off chemical weapons stored in Kentucky, despite the congressional mandate that operations be finished four years earlier…

Weapons at Depot now last to go – Kentucky.com
The Pentagon says a chemical weapons storage site in Kentucky will be the nation’s lone stockpile to miss a 2017 deadline imposed by Congress for destroying the deadly munitions. Although Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond holds just 2 percent of the World War II-era rockets set to be eliminated under an international treaty…

Tooele depot’s safety record stellar – Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News
It wasn’t the mustard or nerve agent at the Deseret Chemical Depot that sickened the employees but the toxic potato salad served at a catered summer picnic to celebrate safety in the workplace…

Chemical waste to be treated here – Peter Strescino – The Pueblo Chieftain
Army representatives said Thursday that waste products from the destruction of chemical weapons will be biologically treated on-site at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Money added to the defense budget allows for the process, said Jean Reed, Army deputy assistant for chemical demilitarization…

Utah gets closer to eliminating huge chemical-weapon stash – Judy Fahys – The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah continues to play its quiet — though enormous — role in world arms control, the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Board heard Thursday. Martin Gray, who oversees the Department of Environmental Quality group that keeps tabs on the facilities, said the United States and Russia account for 28,000 tons of chemical weapons…