Chemical Weapons News – May 15

Weapons destruction coming soon? Proposed budget would speed up chemical weapons destruction – Peter Marcus – the Denver Daily News
After decades of waiting, residents of Pueblo may finally be seeing the light at the end of the chemical depot. The Pentagon has proposed a budget that would accelerate the destruction of chemical weapons stored just 15 miles outside of Pueblo at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Defense officials have called for $250 million more than anticipated this year, asking for $545 million to clean up mustard agent vapor at the site…

Pentagon backs onsite disposal at Pueblo Depot – Associated Press
Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says the Pentagon’s proposed budget calls for destroying chemical weapons stored near Pueblo on site rather than shipping them elsewhere…

Pueblo Chemical Weapons Disposal Waste to be Treated at Depot – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Defense Department does not plan to transport waste produced through chemical neutralization of mustard blister agent stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado to another facility for treatment, U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said yesterday…

Russia Could Miss Chemical Weapons Disposal Deadline, Lawmaker Says – Global Security Newswire
A Russian lawmaker said the nation might not be able to meet the April 2012 deadline to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons…

Egypt refusing to sign WMD treaties – The Jerusalem Post
Egypt is refusing to sign treaties prohibiting biological and chemical weapons, a week after it was reported that weapons-grade uranium was found in Egypt. The news, released in remarks by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul-Gheit to the Egyptian weekly Ruz Al-Yousuf, could lend credence to speculation that Egypt is seeking weapons of mass destruction…

Mustard Gas Leak Found at Oregon Chemical Depot – Global Security Newswire
A minute amount of mustard blister agent vapor leaked from a container stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon…

Umatilla Chemical Depot Detects Trace of Mustard Chemical Agent – KVEWTV.com
A depot chemical operations monitoring crew detected trace amounts of mustard chemical agent vapor today inside a depot storage structure containing ton containers…

Madison County Tornado was an F3 – Kentucky.com
Madison County officials have counted about 150 buildings, mostly homes, that were damaged by the tornado. Officials didn’t count barns and silos. It also crossed the Bluegrass Chemical Activity, and skirted the northern edge of the Chemical Limited Area, where deadly nerve agent is stored…

Biological Weapons, Instead Of Nuclear Reactor, Keep Syria Within Axis Of Evil – David Bedein – The Bulletin
Syria has reportedly rebuilt the structure that housed the reactor bombed by Israel last year and has turned the site into a facility for manufacturing chemical and biological weapons. Official sources stated Syria had significantly expanded its biological and chemical weapons program by doing so…

Asian Training on Chemical Weapons Underway – The Korea Times
A five-day international training course on protection from chemical warfare opened here Monday, the Ministry of National Defense said…

Newly declassified data reveals insurgent use of white phosphorus – US Central Command
Today, CJTF-101 has declassified a report of 38 events in which insurgents have used or stockpiled white phosphorus munitions in the Regional Command-East area of operations. The declassification and release are in response to claims that insurgents do not use, nor have access to, white phosphorus…

U.S. Maintains Sanctions on Syria Despite Diplomatic Outreach – Global Security Newswire
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he plans to maintain existing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Syria, even as he attempts to reach out to the Middle Eastern nation…

U.S. denies using chemical in west Afghan battle – Peter Graff – Reuters
The U.S. military denied on Sunday it had used the incendiary chemical white phosphorus in a battle that killed civilians in west Afghanistan last week, after a rights group said it was investigating suspicious burns…

Funds would clear Pueblo cache – The Denver Post
The Department of Defense has allocated $550 million next year for disposal of obsolete chemical weapons at two U.S. facilities, enough to complete in-place disposal of the cache at the Pueblo Chemical Depot by the 2017 congressional deadline…

Defense Department Seeks $550M to Accelerate Chemical Weapons Disposal – Global Security Newswire
The U.S. Defense Department is seeking $550.4 million in fiscal 2010 to prepare sites in two states for chemical weapons disposal operations…

Army pushes for demil money – John Norton – The Pueblo Chieftain
The Pentagon’s budget request, due to be made public today, reportedly will ask for a major increase in funding for chemical demilitarization projects in Pueblo and Lexington, Ky., in order to meet a new deadline imposed by Congress…

Pentagon will miss chemical weapons deadline by 9 years – McClatchy
The Pentagon plans on ramping up by more than three years the destruction of chemical weapons at Blue Grass Army Depot, a move that includes an additional $1.2 billion in construction at two new disposal plants in Kentucky and Colorado, according to the Department of Defense…

U.S. speeds chemical weapons destruction – United Press International
The U.S. Defense Department is stepping up its program to destroy old chemical weapons, budget documents indicate…

Chemical Weapons News – May 6

Pentagon Boosts Funding for Chemical Weapons Disposal – Global Security Newswire
The United States plans to spend an extra $1.2 billion on two new facilities in an effort to accelerate the elimination of its chemical weapons arsenal…

Money Needed for Russian Chemical Weapons Disposal Site, Official Says – Global Security Newswire
The president of Udmurtia, an internal republic within Russia, said yesterday that additional funding is needed for construction of a chemical weapons disposal plant there…

Moving like molasses on chemical weapons cache – The Denver Post
For decades, Pueblo has waited for the Department of Defense to keep its promise and get rid of a huge cache of obsolete, leaky chemical weapons stored just 15 miles outside town. A recent leak of mustard agent vapor at the Pueblo Chemical Weapons depot…

Colorado Wants Better Monitoring of Army Mustard Agent Stockpile – Global Security Newswire
The state of Colorado wants strengthened monitoring of the U.S. Army’s stockpile of mustard agent weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot…

Bolstered efforts needed to combat chemical weapons – Secretary-General – UN News Service
Observing the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for greater efforts prevent the deadly weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists…

Chemical Weapons Must Not be Allowed to Spread, U.N. Chief Says – Global Security Newswire
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for the international community to redouble its efforts to prevent the proliferation of chemical weapons…

UN chief appeals for greater efforts against chemical weapons – China View
Observing the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday appealed for greater efforts to prevent the deadly weapons from proliferation…

Depot holds nation’s last nerve agent stockpile – Ronica Shannon – Richmond Register
The Blue Grass Army Depot is now the home of America’s remaining stockpile of nerve agent (VX and GB) after the Army’s Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) officials announced Tuesday the destruction of 60 percent of the nation’s declared stockpile under the Chemical Weapons Convention…

U.S. Reaches New Milestone in Chemical Weapons Disposal – Global Security Newswire
The United States has eliminated 60 percent of the stockpile of chemical warfare materials that it declared under the Chemical Weapons Convention, the U.S. Army announced yesterday…

Army destroys 60 percent of U.S. chemical weapons – Army New Service
U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency officials announced today the destruction of 60 percent of the U.S.-declared stockpile under the Chemical Weapons Convention…

Chemical Weapons News – April 28

India Completes Chemical Weapons Disposal; Iraq Declares Stockpile – Chris Schneidmiller – Global Security Newswire
India has become the third nation to eliminate its known stockpile of chemical weapons, the organization that monitors adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention announced last week…

Seattle militant to testify in high-stakes terror trial – The Seattle Times
Ten years ago, on a dusty ranch in southern Oregon, one-time Seattle hustler and Muslim convert James Ujaama came close to having his head cut off by a Swede named Oussama Kassir…

Chemical Weapons Prohibition Committee annual plan approved – Yemen News Agency
he National Committee for the Prohibition of Chemical, Biological and Toxic Weapons approved on Saturday a draft of its bylaw and the annual plan…

Bahamas Joins Chemical Weapons Convention – Global Security Newswire
The Bahamas has become the 188th nation to join the international pact banning the production, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons, the treaty’s monitoring agency announced yesterday…

Responders Face Mock Emergency at Umatilla Chemical Depot – Global Security Newswire
Emergency personnel from the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon and nearby jurisdictions on Tuesday conducted a drill involving the accidental release of mustard blister agent and other crises…

Alabama CW Disposal Site Might Need $40M Addition – Global Security Newswire
The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Alabama is likely to require new technology priced at up to $40 million to safely destroy decaying weapons filled with mustard blister agent…

Report Warns of Future Chemical, Biological Threats – Global Security Newswire
The United States is likely to face a growing threat in coming years from biological and chemical weapons that are increasingly lethal and easy to manufacture, the Defense Department said in a report published this month…

Removing our bad mustard: Somehow, weapons must go – The Anniston Star
It sounds like a worn-out cliche, but it’s fitting nonetheless: There may be no such thing as a welcomed surprise at Anniston’s incinerator…

Annual CSEPP Drill Tuesday Night at the Umatilla Chemical Depot – KNDO NBC
The Umatilla Chemical Depot had its annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, or CSEPP, Tuesday night. Every year they simulate a chemical accident…

Tamil American Diaspora Groups Meet with U.S. State Department on Sri Lanka Crisis – EmMediaWire
Americans for Peace in Sri Lanka (APSL), a U.S.-based human rights activist group, led a delegation of 11 Tamil American organizations for a meeting at the United States Department of State with Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake…

Kuwait backs global bodies against chemical weapons – Arab Times
Kuwait affirmed here Tuesday that it supports all international organizations in its efforts to counter the use of chemical weapons against any state…

Killer Beets – Cecil Adams – Connect Savannah
I recently heard a rumor that sugar processed from beets contains traces of a poison used as a combat weapon in World War II. Is this true? What’s the difference between beet sugar and cane sugar, anyway?…

Chemical Weapons News – April 20

Today’ Zaman has an editorial by OPCW Director General Rogelio Pfirter called “The Chemical Weapons Convention and the Middle East.”

Chemical disposal workers keeping neighbors safe – Katherine Poythress – Daily Home Online
Every day, like well-oiled parts on a fine-tuned machine, 31 Talladega County residents travel to Anniston to help make their region a safer place to live. They are not law enforcers, and they…

Crystal dig to open Saturday – Enid News
The Salt Plains Wildlife Refuge Selenite Crystal Dig Area will re-open at 8 a.m. Saturday. The dig area has been closed since April 2007 when vials from Chemical Agent Identification Sets were found…

OPCW chief calls for chemical weapons-free Middle East – Today’s Zaman
Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), has called on Middle Eastern countries Egypt, Israel and Syria, which remain outside the Chemical Weapons Convention, to join the convention…

Modern warfare takes a biological route, not chemical – Eilish Brown – The Mount Holyoke News
In a time of constant discussion about terrorism and guerrilla warfare, it is important to understand the two most dangerous weapons available. Chemical weapons have been used for thousands of years…

Mustard Agent Leak Found at Utah CW Storage Site – Global Security Newswire
Workers at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah found Tuesday that a small amount of mustard agent had escaped from one bulk container…

Grand Jury Issues No Indictments in Probe of Kentucky Chemical Depot – Global Security Newswire
A federal grand jury ended its inquiry into alleged misconduct at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky without issuing any indictments, the Richmond Register reported…

Probe ends in no depot indictments – Bill Robinson – The Richmond Register
A federal grand jury probe into alleged wrongdoing at the Blue Grass Army Depot’s chemical weapons stockpile has ended with no indictments, according to a depot news release…

A strategy for achieving Senate approval of the CTBT – John Isaacs – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Biden was an important member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1999 when the Senate last considered the treaty. He also was a key figure in winning approval of another controversial treaty–the Chemical Weapons Convention…

Chemical depot officials report mustard agent leak – KSL.com
Deadly mustard agent was detected at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele County Tuesday. A routine visual inspection of a storage igloo…

Istanbul to Host Workshop of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – Haber TurkNet
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will hold a workshop on Universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Istanbul…

Chemical Weapons News – April 13

Russia Faces Chemical Weapons Disposal Funding Challenges – Global Security Newswire
A Russian official reaffirmed last week that the nation has not yet received the full amount of anticipated funding for its chemical weapons disposal work from other countries, a problem that is likely to be exacerbated by…

Chemical Agent Disposal Waste Might be Treated at Pueblo – Global Security Newswire
U.S. Defense Department officials indicated recently that they could support on-site treatment of wastewater produced through neutralization of chemical warfare material stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot…

Phosgene Kills Scottish Man – Global Security Newswire
A 24-year-old Scottish man died Monday when the chemical agent phosgene was produced inside his body through a mix of poison and water..

Lawsuit Claims Iraq Received Chemical Weapons Materials From U.S. Firms – Global Security Newswire
A federal lawsuit filed this week in Maryland claims that materials supplied by three U.S. firms helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to produce chemical weapons used in strikes against Kurds in his country…

Lawsuit: Firms sold poison gas ingredients to Iraq – Associated Press
Three companies illegally sold materials to Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1980s for making chemical weapons that were used to carry out attacks against thousands of Iraqi Kurds and ultimately caused scores of chronic ailments, according to a federal lawsuit…

US Companies Sued Over Saddam’s Chemical Attacks – Voice of America News
Three U.S. companies are being sued for selling material to the former Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein used in his chemical weapon attacks…

2012 final deadline for chemical weapons destruction for RF, US – ITAR-TASS
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) decreed 2012 is the final deadline for complete destruction of chemical weapons in Russia and the United States…

Sri Lankan govt denies use of banned weapons – ABC Radio Australia
Ethnic Tamils in Australia and around the world have been holding large demonstrations against the current Sri Lankan government offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. They accuse Colombo of killing innocent civilians caught in the cross-fire…

Sri Lanka denies using chemical weapons against LTTE – Thaindian News
The Sri Lankan Army Thursday denied its troops “extensively used chemical weapons” against the Tamil Tigers. The army called the allegation…

Al-Qaeda, Taliban Acquired Chemical-Weapon Formula, Says Pakistani Police Official – Global Security Newswire
Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have acquired a formula that could help the militant groups to develop chemical weapons, a top Pakistani police official told lawmakers in his country…

Chemical Weapons News – April 7

New Classroom At HAMMER for International Border Security Training – KNDO/KNDU Yakima, WA
A new classroom is opened at the HAMMER training facility that will be used by countries all over the world, teaching people how to find chemical weapons…

Destruction of mustard agent containers halted in Utah – The Salt Lake Tribune
Work to destroy thousands of small cartridges containing mustard agent has stopped because higher-than-expected levels of mercury were detected. Deseret Chemical Depot workers began incinerating…

TOCDF begins chemical-mortar destruction – The Middle East Times
The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency said work has begun on destroying mortars filled with mustard agent at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility…

28 April 2009 Deadline for India to destroy declared chemical weapons stockpiles – News Ahead International
The Indian Government is obliged to destroy its declared chemical weapons stockpiles on 28 Apr, as agreed under the 11th Annual Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) of 8 Dec 2006. According to the latest media reports, nearly 90 per cent…

How Things Work: Tear gas – The Tartan
College activists, street protesters, radical civilians, and perhaps perverted stalkers are all familiar with what tear gas is and what it does. Nowadays, tear gas is usually used by both police for crowd control and by individuals for personal protection…

‘Qaida-Taliban combo has chemical weapon formula’ – The Times of India
The al-Qaida-Taliban combo plans to use parts of the Middle East as launch pads for attacks against the west. Not only so, the groups have also developed some expertise in making bio-chemical weapons, NWFP police chief Malik Navid…

UH team boosts hopes of finding WWII arms – The Honolulu Advertiser
After World War II, the U.S military dumped 2,558 tons of lethal chemical agents – including mustard, cyanide, lewisite, cyanogens and chloride weapons – at three deep-water sites off O’ahu, according to a 2007 report to Congress…

Army analyzes data from offshore dump – The Honolulu Star Bulletin
Army officials hope to have the results in about six months of tests on water and sediment samples collected during a 17-day, $3 million investigation at a military munitions disposal site five miles south of Pearl Harbor…

Chemical Workers ‘Setting New Benchmarks In Safety’ – Pine Bluff Commercial
Workers disposing of the last batch of chemical agent stored at the Pine Bluff Arsenal since the 1960′s have had no loss-time accidents since December 2006. They’ve also reduced Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable accidents to one, and…

Moroccan party calls for Spanish damages over chemical war in 1920s – EarthTimes
Increasing voices in Morocco want the country to demand damages from Spain for the use of chemical weapons during the 1920-26 Rif war, press reports said Thursday. Colonial powers Spain and France put down a rebellion in the northern mountainous Rif region, which was part of the Spanish protectorate at the time…

Mustard agent filled mortars under destruction at Deseret Chemical – Deseret News
Under supervision of state regulators, workers at Deseret Chemical Depot have begun processing HT mustard agent-filled cartridges, or mortars, as part of ongoing disposal operations…

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 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…