Incinerator Start Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army says it chemical weapons incinerator will again resume destroying chemical weapons sometime Tuesday. The incinerator, located at the Anniston Army Depot, has been off-line since June second for scheduled maintenance.

The huge furnace was to begin operating yesterday, but the start-up was delayed so worker could replace a gasket on a furnace pollution control system. According to Army spokesman Mike Abrams the gasket was showing signs of wear.

Since August 2003, the Army has burned more than 40 percent of the rockets filled with sarin or nerve gas that are stockpiled at the depot. However, there are still more than 4.5 million pounds of various chemical-filled munitions stored at the facility.

The Army is awaiting approval from Alabama environmental regulators to burn non-drainable or gelled sarin rockets.

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