FINAL DESTRUCTION OF JOHNSTON ISLAND CHEMICAL WEAPONS BEGINS

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JOHNSTON ISLAND (October 3, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---The U.S. Army has started the final phase of its destruction of chemical weapons stored on Johnston Island, 825 miles southwest of Hawai‘i.

The Army began work last week destroying more than 13,300 land mines filled with V-X nerve agent at the chemical weapons incinerator on Johnston, the final phase of the effort to destroy all chemical weapons on the island.

The Army says it has destroyed nearly 400,000 munitions and bulk agent at the facility over the last ten years, or some 96 percent of the weapons stockpiled on the four-island atoll.

The land mine cleanup is expected to be completed in January, at which point work will start to shut down the facility.

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