Colorado

Mar 1, 2010 10:55 AM by Associated Press

Study: No big impact from blowing up mustard agent

An environmental assessment predicts no significant impacts from a plan to blow up thousands of shells containing mustard agent at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado.

Shells would be exploded inside a closed chamber. The Army has proposed the technology to speed up destruction of 2,600 tons of mustard agent.

A plant is under construction at the depot to destroy the
mustard using water and bacteria, but it won't be running in time to meet an international treaty deadline for eliminating the weapons.

The Army originally planned to blow up about 1,000 leaking and damaged shells in that plant. The accelerated plan would use separate facilities to start exploding the damaged shells as well as intact shells before the plant is finished.

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