Army completes last delivery of mustad gas from Deseret depot for destruction

The U.S. Army has completed the last scheduled delivery of chemical mustard agent from the Deseret Chemical Depot’s storage facility in Stockton, Utah.

The shipment of bulk munitions arrived at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility after 15 continuous years of safe movement operations.

“It has taken the commitment and expertise of not only Toxic Materials Handlers, but an integrated team of trained professionals to reach this milestone,” Col. Mark Pomeroy, the commander of the Deseret Chemical Depot, said. “We have nearly reached our treaty obligations here through the effective teamwork of professionals dedicated to creating a safer tomorrow.”

Depot workers, who first began to utilize the massive on-site containers in transfer operations to the TOCDF in August 1996, have since completed a total of more than 24,000 shipments without a safety incident.

The on-site movement containers, exclusive to the Deseret operation, weigh 19,000 pounds and are made of stainless steel. They were designed to resist impacts, punctures, crushing and fire. Once secured to specialized trailers, the on-site containers ensure that workers, as well as the environment, were fully protected.

The Deseret Chemical Depot once contained the nation’s largest stockpile of chemical weapons, but there are now few chemical munitions left to be destroyed at the depot.