US Army Destroys Nazi Stockpile of Nerve Agent

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The nation's largest chemical weapons
depot has destroyed its final stockpile of nerve agent -- a
4,100-pound supply seized by U.S. troops from Nazi Germany.

The Deseret Chemical Depot says the Nazi nerve agent had been
stored in bulk containers since the end of World War II.

The Army depot in Utah's west desert is ending a 15-year
campaign of destroying a variety of chemical weapons.

Only small supplies of other chemical agents remain to be
incinerated, and that job is expected to be completed by early next
year.

The stockpiles are being destroyed under an international treaty
to rid the world of chemical weapons.

The Deseret Chemical Depot, 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake
City, once held more than 40 percent of the nation's chemical
weapons.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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