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Nerve Gas Plan Revived

Courier Post Online
Sunday, February 26, 2006
By JEFF MONTGOMERY
Gannett News Service
WILMINGTON, Del.

The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its objections to a plan to treat and dispose of chemical weapon wastewater at a DuPont Co. plant along the Delaware River.

The agency cited changes to the treatment scheme and new safety assurances. Based on the new information, the "EPA believes that all of our previously identified ecological concerns have been resolved," said Walter Mugdan, director of the EPA's Environmental Planning and Protection division in New York.

DuPont wants a lucrative Army contract to treat 2 million to 4 million gallons of a caustic chemical soup left over from an operating VX nerve agent disposal operation in Newport, Ind. VX is a deadly military nerve agent.

Delaware and New Jersey opposed an earlier version of the treatment and disposal plan. Officials in both states pointed to concerns that traces of VX, other toxic byproducts and basic pollutants would reach the river even after treatment in DuPont's wastewater operation at its Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, Salem County.
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Re: Nerve Gas Plan Revived (Army to dump 2 to 4M gallons in Delaware River)
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006, 11:09:08 AM »
Not to rant on about this trivial issue - but there ARE several million people in NJ, PA & DE who get some or all of thier drinking water from the Delaware river & bay.

Here are some other excerpts from a different article (same paper, same day) on the subject:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060226/NEWS01/602260399/1006

"the Army Corps of Engineers would have to prove dumping the toxin in the Delaware is the cheapest option available"

"Comments from DuPont in mid-2004 indicated the company could make $13.5 million annually during the two- to three-year treatment process. Details of the contract or government payments to DuPont during preparations for the work were unavailable."

"Army officials could not be reached Friday. The Newport VX disposal depot reported last week that it had destroyed about 11 percent of a 250,000 gallon VX stockpile, with wastewater from the process stored in mobile containers pending a decision on the DuPont project."

"Brendan Gilfillan, a spokesman for New Jersey's governor, said Jon S. Corzine remains concerned about the proposal."

"We're still very interested in seeing the result of the CDC's study of the human impact"

"It's not going to bring any new jobs to New Jersey"


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Re: Nerve Gas Plan Revived (Army to dump 2 to 4M gallons in Delaware River)
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2006, 11:12:37 AM »
But heck, I guess it's gotta be disposed of somehow. If it's just left laying around, terrorists might get a hold of it and use it to contaminate somebody's drinking water.