Weapons Incinerator

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army says it’s preparing to destroying gelled rockets at its chemical waste incinerator in Anniston.

An Army news release issued yesterday said the tests, required for federal and state environmental regulators, were completed successfully Sunday.

Incinerator officials said during the testing, the furnace processed about one-thousand-15 pounds of agent an hour.

The Army said the plan is to process two rockets on the first day and progress up to 14 gelled rockets an hour, with an agent trial burn planned for the beginning of February.

Since the Army began burning its Anniston stockpile of Cold War-era chemical munitions in August, it has destroyed more than 14,700 M-55 rockets filled with deadly GB nerve agent, or sarin, and more than 15,000 gallons of the agent collected from the rockets.

Nearly 700,000 munitions have been stored at the Anniston Army Depot for more than 40 years.

The incineration project is expected to take at least several years.

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