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Device to Destroy Chem Weapons Modified

A device used by the Army to dispose of old chemical munitions can also be used to destroy biological weapons, according to a report released by Sandia National Laboratories.Over the past year, scientists at the labs’ Livermore, Calif., facility successfully killed anthrax-like bacteria in the device, the lab said. Modifications to it also allow technicians to determine whether all of a biological agent has been destroyed. “You can know you’re done before you drain or open the door,” said John Didlake, a project manager at the lab. Normally carried on semitrailers, the Explosive Destruction System resembles a 12-foot-high, front loading washing machine. Bomb experts place unexploded chemical weapons inside, which are blown up and rinsed with chemicals to neutralize the bomb’s payload.Full Story

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