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Army Plans On-Site Disposal of Chemical Weapons in 8 States

December 30, 1987|United Press International

WASHINGTON — The Army said today it has tentatively decided to destroy potentially dangerous aging chemical weapons at storage sites in eight states, rather than in one or two incinerators.

"The on-site disposal alternative is identified as the environmentally preferred alternative," the Army said in its final environmental impact statement.

The weapons, most of which were made in the 1950s and 1960s, are stored at the Toole Army Depot, Utah; Anniston, Ala.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Newport Army Ammunition Plant, Ind.; Umatilla Depot Activity, Ore.; Pueblo Depot Activity, Colo.; Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark. and Lexington-Blue Grass Army Depot, Ky.

Congress has ordered that the obsolete weapons be destroyed by Sept. 30, 1994.

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