Chemical Weapons Lawsuit Dismissed | August 24, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 34 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 34 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 24, 2009

Chemical Weapons Lawsuit Dismissed

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Chemical Weapons Working Group, lawsuit, chemical weapons
A container of mustard agent set for destruction in Tooele.
Credit: U.S. Army
A container of mustard agent set for destruction in Tooele.
Credit: U.S. Army

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the Army’s plan to destroy chemical weapons at four sites around the country. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge brought by the Chemical Weapons Working Group, a Kentucky-based watchdog organization. The group claimed that plans to incinerate World War II-era stockpiles of nerve agents and mustard gas would harm the environment and put public safety at risk. They wanted the Army to conduct more tests to see if there were ways to eliminate the weapons other than incineration. But Judge Richard K. Eaton ruled that the watchdog group failed to prove that “alternatives to incineration are readily available and capable of destroying the quantity and type of chemical warfare agents and munitions at the challenged sites.” The storage sites at issue in the suit are in Anniston, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Tooele, Utah; and Umatilla, Ore. Congress has ordered the Army to destroy the U.S. stockpile of chemical warfare agents to comply with the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty.

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