Anniston Army Depot Prepares New Phase of Incineration

Date: December 1, 2003

Source: News Room

The U.S. Army has completed performance tests at its chemical weapons incinerator in Anniston, Alabama and is preparing to begin destroying gelled rockets. Incinerator officials plan to process two rockets a day to start, progressing 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 sarin, and more than 15,000 gallons of the agent collected from the rockets. Nearly 700,000 munitions weighing 2,254 tons have been stored at the Anniston Army Depot for more than 40 years.
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