Chemical Weapons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army plans to retrain workers at its chemical weapons incinerator in Anniston in response to last week's mishap in which two employees were exposed to trace amounts of sarin nerve agent.

No one was hurt, but operators at the incinerator want to prevent a repeat of the February fourth incident.

Tim Garrett, the Army's manager of the incinerator, said workers wearing protective suits failed to properly clean up after being inside a part of the plant where sarin was present.

Another alarm went off at the incinerator's medical clinic after the two workers were taken there for an exam.

Garrett said trace amounts of sarin mixed with cleaning solution got on one of the workers' undergarments after the protective suit was removed. Both workers were exposed to small amounts of nerve

Garrett also said the community was never at risk since sarin did not escape the complex.

The Army is at the beginning phase of a ten-year plan to destroy more than 660-thousand Cold War-era chemical weapons stored in bunkers at the Anniston Army Depot.

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