Chemical Weapons Destruction Halfway Done in Alabama

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - The Army is halfway done destroying aging chemical weapons stored at a military installation in east Alabama.

Officials say the chemical weapons incinerator at the Anniston Army Depot has now burned half of the aging weapons stockpile stored at the site. Contractors operating the plant for the military reached the milestone over the weekend.

Nearly 331,0000 rockets, artillery shells, and land mines filled with nerve agents have been destroyed.

Critics filed lawsuits and staged protests before the incinerator work began in 2003. The military says the work has been done safely in Anniston and at other chemical weapons destruction sites around the country.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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