Utah Depot to Destroy Final Chemical Munitions

A safety vehicle in 2001 passes a compound holding 170-gallon containers of mustard blister agent at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah. The depot's final mustard agent weapons were slated for destruction on Wednesday (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac).
A safety vehicle in 2001 passes a compound holding 170-gallon containers of mustard blister agent at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah. The depot's final mustard agent weapons were slated for destruction on Wednesday (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac).

The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility on Wednesday was slated to destroy all remaining mustard agent weapons held at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah, which at one point housed the United States' biggest arsenal of chemical arms, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Dec. 20, 2011).

The U.S. Army installation, located 45 miles from Salt Lake City, once held in excess of 1 million chemical weapons and bulk containers (Associated Press/The Republic, Jan. 18).

The Army's Chemical Materials Agency is anticipated to finish disarmament operations at the Deseret site no later than this weekend when a final amount of lewisite blister agent is fed through the depot's Area 10 Liquid Incinerator, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The material is now held in large containers.

Tooele is the last disposal facility operated by the Chemical Materials Agency.

Disarmament work has yet to begin at the country's last two remaining chemical stockpiles in Kentucky and Colorado. Operations there are being managed by another Army branch, the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program.

Washington has acknowledged that it will not meet the April 29 deadline set by the Chemical Weapons Convention to wrap up disposal work (see GSN, Dec. 1, 2011; Kristen Moulton, Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 13).

Jan. 18, 2012
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The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility on Wednesday was slated to destroy all remaining mustard agent weapons held at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah, which at one point housed the United States' biggest arsenal of chemical arms, the Associated Press reported.

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