Colorado

Dec 29, 2009 9:15 AM by Associated Press

Stink raised over plan to blow up chemical weapons shells

An advisory commission mandated by Congress is objecting to the Army's new plan to use explosives to destroy about 125,000 shells containing chemical weapons in Colorado.

The Citizens Advisory Commission says it doesn't oppose using the technique on about 1,000 leaking shells at the Pueblo Chemical Depot but doesn't want to see it expanded to others.

About 780,000 obsolete shells containing 2,600 tons of mustard agent are stored at the depot.

The Army plans to destroy most of the agent with chemicals and microbes. But officials said this month they want to use explosives to speed up the work and safely eliminate leaking shells.

The Army also wants to use the explosives technique on some chemical weapons stored in Kentucky.

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