Last VX Nerve Agent Munition Eliminated from CMA’s Destruction Stockpile
The ANCDF Site Project Manager,
CMA personnel and contractors have destroyed the VX nerve agent munitions at six disposal sites:
CMA continues to safely and securely store the remaining VX in the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile at the Blue Grass Chemical Activity near
Destruction of chemical weapons is complete at
VX is the least volatile, but most potent of all chemical warfare agents. It attacks the nervous system, causing the muscles to convulse uncontrollably. Exposure can result in loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, and respiratory failure resulting in death. The nerve agent works similarly to pesticide and was originally developed in the early 1950s. The nation’s entire original stockpile of approximately 4,400 tons of VX was produced at Newport Chemical Depot between 1961 and 1969.
VX nerve agent was never used in combat by
“The elimination of this deadly chemical agent from each site’s stockpile is a relief to the stockpile communities, and a sign of our commitment to other nations as we move one step closer to a safer world,” said Mr. Whyne.
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SOURCE U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency