Company seeking to send chemical weapon treatments to Libya

Bracco SpA is seeking to expedite U.S. approval to send treatments for chemical warfare agents to Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi is believed to hold stores of mustard gas.

Timothy Henry, the vice president and general manager of the Princeton, New Jersey, division of the health-care protective products division of Bracco, is seeking an exemption from restrictions for arms-trafficking that prevent the decontaminant from traveling to Libya, according to Bloomberg.

An unidentified worldwide humanitarian relief organization is interested in supplying Reactive Skin Decontaminant Lotion to its workers in Libya as a precaution. It would be the first time that operational concerns have led a relief agency to send its workers RSDL.

Bracco, a Milan-based organization, will be selling RSDL to the organization at the rate of six cases for the cost of one, Bloomberg reports.

Governments routinely restrict the export of chemical weapons treatments because they can facilitate a regime’s work with chemical weapons, Michael Rowell, head of the health and safety branch of the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Libya’s possession of a significant quantity of mustard gas was a worry for the military coalition seeking to end Qaddafi’s aggression against rebel fighters.

“There’s no indication he’s moving toward using that, but certainly that’s something we’re watching very carefully,” Mullen said, according to Bloomberg. “We’ve had our eyes on that for a significant period of time, literally the last two or three weeks.”