CHEMICAL WEAPONS INCINERATION AT JOHNSTON ATOLL NEARS COMPLETION

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (June 13, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---The U.S. Army reports that only four percent of the original stockpile of chemical weapons remain at Johnston Atoll, located 825 miles southwest of Hawai‘i.

The incineration project to destroy the weapons, which came primarily from Europe and Asia, began 10 years ago.

The Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JCADS) recently completed the destruction of more than 14,000 eight-inch nerve agent VX projectiles.

The facility is scheduled to cease operations and begin closure activities in January after the remaining nerve agent containers and 13,000, 302 land mines are destroyed.

Since operations began, more than 3.8 million pounds of chemical weapons have been destroyed.

Army officials say maintenance workers have started pre-closure activities.

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