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2009-06-04 14:33:00

Last Oregon Chemical Weapons Stockpile Campaign Begins HERMISTON, Ore., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Umatilla Chemical Depot (UMCD) storage workers began delivering HD mustard-filled bulk containers or "ton containers" to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) at 10 a.m. this morning. This marks the official start of the last individual chemical munitions disposal campaign at the depot. "Our experienced crews are dedicated to safe and secure munitions movement and...

2008-10-15 09:00:47

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PharmAthene, Inc. , a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, announced today that the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, which includes the full-year FY 2009 appropriations for the Department of Defense (DoD), includes $1.6 million to support ongoing development of the Company's broad spectrum chemical nerve agent countermeasure,...

2008-10-10 09:00:41

Cenomed BioSciences, a majority-owned subsidiary of Abraxis BioScience, and TorreyPines Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, have signed an exclusive licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Cenomed acquired from TorreyPines Therapeutics the worldwide development rights to three compounds, phenserine, Posiphen and bisnorcymcerine, for chemical defense and counterterrorism defense. Cenomed intends to develop these compounds for potential use in preventing toxicity...

2008-10-01 09:00:35

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Kirov, 30 September: A regional commission for scrapping chemical weapons in Kirov Region has examined the readiness of the Maradykovskiy chemical weapons disposal site to launch its second phase in March 2009, the press centre of the regional government said on 30 September. The second stage facilities are equipped to scrap ammunition filled with the toxic substances sarin and soman. The remaining ammunition filled...

2008-09-30 13:00:00

U.S. chemist Frank Raushel says he's using a $1.2 million federal grant to develop an enzyme that might neutralize a type of deadly nerve agent. Raushel, a professor at Texas A&M University, said he's focusing his research on neutralizing organophosphates, which initially were used as insecticides during the 1930s, but were soon being used during World War II as chemical warfare nerve agents. In 1988, an Iraqi Kurdish village was exposed to multiple chemical agents, killing about 5,000...

2008-08-17 18:05:00

By RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press writer INDIANAPOLIS - An Army contractor has finished three years of work on destroying a deadly nerve agent stored in western Indiana and now is moving ahead to dismantle the equipment built for the billion-dollar project, officials said Monday. The final container of VX nerve agent was destroyed late Friday at the Newport Chemical Depot, eliminating the last of about 275,000 gallons of the nerve agent the site had stored, said Jeff Brubaker, the Army's...

2008-08-03 06:00:20

By Mike Faulk, The Anniston Star, Ala. Aug. 3--The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility began incinerating the last of its nerve agent munitions Saturday, spokesman Mike Abrams said. Workers began processing the first of several thousand M23 VX nerve agent-filled land mines. The startup followed nine weeks of planned maintenance work, Abrams said. The land mine disposal campaign should take about a year to complete, according to an ANCDF press release. When it is completed, the...

2008-07-26 15:00:36

By Greg Kocher, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 26--Three members of Kentucky's congressional delegation have asked for a review of safety measures at Blue Grass Army Depot in the wake of leaks reported earlier this month and in August 2007. "We write to express our deep concern regarding these repeated chemical agent leaks," wrote Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, in a letter dated Thursday to Conrad Whyne, director of the...

2008-07-20 09:00:32

By Deb Kelly, The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind. Jul. 20--For more than 40 years, one of the last and deadliest remnants of the Cold War -- 2.5-million pounds of VX -- has been sitting quietly in carbon steel barrels in Vermillion County, part of a stockpile of chemical weapons the United States has been trying to dispose of for more than a decade. As of the end of this month, the last of that substance will be eliminated, as a three-year neutralization process comes to a close. The...

2008-07-17 00:00:28

By Mary Hopkin, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 16--Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot storage have begun moving 8-inch VX-filled artillery shells to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. Last month, workers at the facility finished destroying the last of more than 32,000, 155mm VX-filled artillery shells. Now, the plant machinery has been reconfigured to start work on the 8-inch diameter shells. "The work is moving along fairly quickly," said Jim Hackett, an Army...


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