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Anniston Incinerator Marks First Anniversary

The U.S. Army’s Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Alabama has destroyed more than 34,000 rockets and nearly 343,000 pounds of sarin nerve agent in its first year of operation, the Associated Press reported yesterday (see GSN, Aug. 4).

“We’ve really met our goals,” said Bob Love, plant manager for Army contractor Westinghouse Anniston.

The facility has had six mostly minor safety incidents involving leaks of trace amounts of chemicals or small fires, according to an independent study conducted by the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington

The Anniston incinerator’s safety record means it could be seen as one of the safest chemical weapons disposal facilities, the study found.

More than 4 million pounds of sarin, VX and blister agent remain to be destroyed at Anniston (Associated Press/Tuscaloosa News, Aug. 9).

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management last week notified the Army facility that it could begin incineration of rockets filled with gelled or crystalline sarin, the depot announced. Disposal was expected to begin over the weekend (U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency release, Aug. 6).

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