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Army: Nerve Agent Disposal May Take Time

Destroying a deadly nerve agent stockpiled in western Indiana could take a lot longer than the Army originally anticipated, military officials said. A projection of 2 1/2 years for chemically neutralizing the Newport Chemical Depot’s VX nerve agent was based on a rate of 2 1/2 hours for each batch of the nerve agent to reach a set VX nondetect level. But tests conducted at Army laboratories in Edgewood, Md., found that about half of the stockpile contains a chemical stabilizer that takes 10 to 16 hours to reach that nondetect level, said Jeff Brubaker, the Army’s site manager. Full Story

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