CWC completes destruction of nation's non-stockpile chemical material

The mission to destroy all non-stockpile chemical materiel as part of the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into by the United States has been completed, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency has announced.

"This milestone underscores our commitment to the CWC," CMA Director Conrad Whyne told "This accomplishment could not have been possible without the commitment of all the workers, led by the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project, including Pine Bluff Arsenal, Pine Bluff Chemical Activity, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, 20th Support Command, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity-West, Sandia National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation and supporting work forces. Their levels of technical expertise make it possible for us to fulfill our mission while protecting the public, workers and environment."

The Chemical Weapons Convention is an international treat that mandates the destruction of the nation's chemical warfare.

The recently announced destruction completion also marks the destruction of over 1,200 munitions, which is the largest inventory of recovered chemical warfare materiel to date.

The project began operations at the Pine Bluff Explosive Destruction System at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas, in June 2006. The project's Explosive Destruction System assessed the munitions before treatment. The EDS is a neutralization technology to provide safe, environmentally responsible treatment of materiel. The EDS also prevents the release of vapor, blast and munitions fragments from the process.

"The Army's Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project is the nation's best equipped organization to provide safe, successful destruction of such a diverse inventory of recovered chemical munitions," Carmen Spencer, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Elimination of Chemical Weapons, told "This accomplishment exemplifies the excellent work we have come to expect from this dedicated group."