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Jun 14, 2010 7:03 PM by Greg Boyce

Leaking shells sealed at Chemical Depot

Army officials say they have resealed three shells that were leaking mustard agent vapor at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Depot spokesman Chuck Sprague says the leaks were very small and that none of the vapor got out of the bunker where the shells are stored. He says no one was injured.  The vapor was detected in late May and the leaking shells were identified on June 8. Crews finished resealing them on Monday. Sprague says the shells were already inside sealed containers because they had leaked before or had been drilled for testing. He says those earlier containers leaked, so crews put them inside new,
larger sealed containers.

The depot has 2,600 tons of mustard agent awaiting destruction under international treaty.

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