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Gulf Vets' Resolution Opposing CW Incineration Signed Nov. 9, 1997

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RESOLUTION

Opposing the Current Pentagon
Chemical Weapons Incineration Program and
Advocating Safe Disposal of Chemical Weapons

Whereas, the National Gulf War Resource Center, along with the Chemical Weapons Working Group, supports the Senate ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention and supports the disposal of the United States stockpile of Chemical Weapons as called for in this Treaty; and

Whereas, low level exposure to nerve and mustard agents alone or in combination with other toxic compounds are highly suspected as being the cause or contributing significantly to the illnesses of thousands of Gulf War Veterans; and

Whereas, the long term, cumulative and delayed health impacts of these toxic exposures is widely believed to have caused or contributed to what is known as Gulf War Illness; and

Whereas, the Pentagon is currently operating two incinerators and proposes to burn 26,000 tons of chemical warfare agent in incinerators upwind of 180 million United States citizens; and

Whereas, continued incineration of the United States stockpile of Chemical Weapons will result in the continued routine release of chemical warfare agents and other toxic chemicals into the environment; and

Whereas, the existing incineration facilities have demonstrated their inability to operate in a steady-state, having been marred by numerous accidents, including fires, explosions, thousands of alarms and significant work stoppages due to technical problems; and

Whereas, there have been a number of incidents at the operating incineration facilities that have repeatedly released chemical warfare agents directly into the work place and the environment; and

Whereas, the position by the Pentagon that the majority of the alarms at the facilities are false alarms mimics the pattern of denial, deception and incompetence witnessed during and since the Gulf War; and

Whereas, the Pentagon has not considered the synergistic effects of low level chemical agent exposure with other toxic materials either released into the environment or already present in the environment; and

Whereas, the Pentagon's safe exposure standards on nerve and mustard agent exposure are outdated by more than fifteen years and do not adequately protect workers, veterans, civilians and their environment against low level chemical warfare agent exposures; and

Whereas, there are viable non-incineration alternative technologies available that will not result in the release of chemical warfare agents and other toxics into the environment; and

Whereas, the Pentagon has not evaluated or considered these alternatives as required by law; now, therefore

Be it resolved that the National Gulf War Resource Center calls for a redefinition of "safe and acceptable" exposure and emission levels currently used by the Pentagon to reflect growing scientific evidence that there is no release or exposure to chemical warfare agent that is "safe and acceptable"; and

Be it further resolved that the National Gulf War Resource Center joins with the Chemical Weapons Working Group and others in urging the Pentagon to abandon its chemical weapons incineration program and to deploy instead safer non-incineration disposal technologies in the pursuit of compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Adopted and Approved Unanimously by Member Groups and the Board of Directors of the National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. on November 9, 1997.

Signed: Chris Kornkven, President

Signed: Paul Sullivan, Executive Director

Voting Member Groups:

Persian Gulf War Veterans, Oakland, CA
Gulf War Veterans of Arkansas, Fairfield Bay, AR
Desert Storm Veterans of the Rockey Mountains, Wheat Ridge, CO
Gulf War Veterans of Georgia, Inc., Marietta, GA
Persian Gulf War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Northeastern Ohio, East Palestine, OH
Persian Gulf Information Network, Inc., Clarksville, TN
California Association of Persian Gulf Veterans, Santa Cruz, CA
Gulf War Veterans of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Desert Storm Veterans of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Desert Storm Justice Foundation, Inc., Guthrie, OK
Swords to Plowshares, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Northern California Association of Persian Gulf Veterans, Valley Springs, CA
Desert Storm Veterans of Florida, Titusville, FL
Persian Gulf Veterans, Inc., East Rochester, NY
Northwest Veterans for Peace, Inc., Portland, OR
Trauma After Care Trust, Withington, Glos. United Kingdom
Persian Gulf Veterans of America, San Antonio, TX
Veterans for Peace, Inc. Washington DC
Citizen Soldier, Inc., New York, N Y
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2681, Marietta, GA
VietNow, National Headquarters, Rockford, IL
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5888, Santa Cruz, CA
Alaska Gulf War Syndrome Referrals, Eagle River, AK
Gulf Veterans Association, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Veterans Family Health Services, Inc., Darien,CT
GulfWatch, I.N.S., Hannibal, MO
Gulf War Veterans of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Idaho Desert Storm Foundation, Lewiston, ID


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