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April 30, 2009

Depot holds nation’s last nerve agent stockpile

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destruction staff consisting of both government and contractor personnel, and I commend the dedication of the members of our highly skilled work force.”

The aging munitions at the depot have resulted in slight vapor leaks in the past and most recently, a nerve-agent-filled steel holding container leaked because of metal corrosion.

Although the weapons have been stored there from the 1940s on, the path to weapons destruction has by no means taken the fast track.

Approximately 93 percent of the plant’s design is completed.

It has previously been estimated that the depot’s chemical weapons will be destroyed between 2023 and 2024, depending on governmental funding.

In reaching the 60 percent destruction mark, CMA has also reduced the overall continued storage risk from the nation’s stockpiled chemical weapons by 94 percent.

“We’re so proud that this has gone so well with no accidents,” Sloan said. “It’s been a very safe program, and we’re really proud to be associated with it. We plan to keep that tradition.”

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

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