It will drop to a skeleton crew once all the work is done by spring; the site is supposed to be closed completely by then.
. request to host the destruction of Syria's arsenal.
At the incinerator complex at the Anniston Army Depot " where sarin, VX nerve gas and mustard gas were stored about 55 miles east of Birmingham " the military this week said it's about one-third of
the way into a $310 million program to level a gigantic furnace that cost $2.4 billion to build and operate.
Multiple domestic sites have destroyed chemical weapons, and the Army says it has destroyed 90 percent of the U.S. The site is being cleaned up and will close officially
Construction work continues at two other sites where technology other than incineration will be used to neutralize agents chemically, according elephant
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The military said the incineration program cost $11.5 billion in all, with the cost of tearing down the four facilities built in from the start.
With the incineration complete, employment at the incinerator has dropped from around 1,000 workers at the apex of the project to around 220 today, Garrett said. (AP) " The Pentagon spent $10.2
billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states " some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.
"It's the end of an era," said Garrett, a civilian.
A $2.8 billion incinerator is being demolished in Umatilla, Ore., the Pentagon said, and work will begin soon to tear down a $3.7 billion incinerator at Tooele, Utah. Facilities previously finished
destroying weapons and were idled in Maryland, Indiana and Johnston Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean.
So teams are using large machines to knock holes in thick concrete walls and rip steel beams off the building's skeleton, which was previously decontaminated to guard against any lingering nerve
agents or mustard gas. But Garrett said nothing worse than normal workplace injuries occurred by the time the last chemical weapons were burned in 2011.
In east Alabama, before incineration work began in 2003, the military and emergency management workers spent millions of dollars distributing emergency kits to households, erecting warning sirens and
reinforcing schools with ventilation systems to keep chemical weapons at bay during any accidents.
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Now, with all those chemicals up in smoke and communities freed of a threat, the Army is in the middle of another, $1.3 billion project: Demolishing the incinerators that destroyed the toxic
Tim Garrett, the government site project manager, said officials considered doing something else with the incinerator, but the facility was too specialized to convert for another use. A good career,"
said Mike Abrams, who has been working on the Anniston incinerator project in community outreach and public affairs since it began.
More than 660,000 artillery shells, small rockets and land mines were stored in dirt-covered bunkers at the Anniston depot beginning in 1963 during the height of the Cold War. International efforts
are underway to destroy Syria's stockpile by next year. Metal pieces are being recycled, and the rest will be hauled to an ordinary landfill.
In Alabama, Oregon, Utah and Arkansas, crews are either tearing apart multibillion-dollar incinerators or working to draw the curtain on a drama that began in the Cold War, when the United States and
the former Soviet Union stockpiled millions of pounds of chemical weapons.
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"This place has the safety record of a library or a public school," he said.
Crates of munitions were loaded into special containers and trucked from the bunkers to the incinerator, where machines dismantled the weapons and elephant tube
burned the chemicals.
ANNISTON, Ala. Also, the law originally allowing chemical incineration required demolition once the work was done.
"It's been a career for us. This week, Albania rejected a U.S. The prospect of a major accident was frightening because more than 360,000 people lived in the surrounding four counties by the time the
While opponents of the incinerators predicted dire consequences and the possibility of floating clouds of nerve gas in the event of an accident, the CDC said no nearby residents were exposed to or
harmed by chemical agents.
Chemical weapons are outlawed by international treaty, and their destruction is a global concern. stockpile. cache with a chemical process to make it harmless. Workers already have finished
demolishing the $2.2 billion Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Arkansas, the military said. Plants being built in Colorado and Kentucky will destroy most of the remaining U.S