U.S. ARMY SHARES CHEMICAL WEAPONS DISPOSAL EXPERTISE AT

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U.S. ARMY

PROGRAM MANAGER FOR CHEMICAL DEMILITARIZATION

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN JAPAN

 

May 17, 2001

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland---A delegation from the U.S. Army’s Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization will meet with international government and industry representatives to discuss chemical weapons disposal issues at the fourth annual Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference in Gifu City, Japan, from May 22-24. One of the group’s featured discussion topics will be lessons learned at the country’s first chemical weapons disposal facility to complete operations, the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS).

After 10 years of safe operations, JACADS destroyed more than 6 percent of the nation’s total chemical stockpile in November 2000. This historic achievement designates the United States as the first Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) member with an operating chemical weapons destruction facility that has disposed of its declared quantity of chemical agent.

"Sharing the JACADS experience at this conference demonstrates the United States’ commitment to working with fellow CWC signatory states toward the safe elimination of chemical weapons worldwide," said JACADS Site Project Manager Gary McCloskey.

U.S. representatives also will discuss the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, under which the Department of Defense provides assistance to the Russian Federation for disposal of its nerve agent stockpile, and the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project, which provides management and direction for disposal of non-stockpile chemical material.

In 1985, Congress directed the Army to destroy all stockpiled chemical agent and weapons. The Army established the Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization to oversee the safe destruction of chemical warfare material while ensuring maximum protection to human health and the environment. The nation’s chemical weapons stockpile is stored in Umatilla, Ore.; Pueblo, Colo.; Tooele, Utah; Pine Bluff, Ark; Anniston, Ala; Blue Grass, Ky; Newport, Ind.; Edgewood, Md; and, previously on Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean.

For more information contact: Barr Napp, Public Outreach and Information Officer U.S. Army Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization (PMCD)

Public Outreach and Information Office (POIO)

TEL: (410) 436-3629/2583

TEL: (800) 488-0648 Email: poio@pmcd.apgea.army.mil  Web: http://www-pmcd.apgea.army.mil 

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