The Army's Pacific chem weapons
incinerator entering "closure" phase
(Excerpted from May 2000 issue of CWWG's newsletter "Common Sense")
The Army's Pacific chemical weapons incinerator, located on
Kalama Island (Johnston Atoll) may soon be entering its "closure"
phase. The Army and contractor Raytheon have operated the facility
since 1989, and in 1998 were awarded another 10-year permit by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete disposal
of chemical weapons and other related activities on the Island.
The Army still has a lot of work to do before submitting a final Closure Plan to the Region 9 EPA, including completing a human health and ecological risk assessment; determining which analytical methods to use to check for contamination in waste by-products; and getting approval from EPA on a carbon filter system, which has not yet proven to be effective. Meanwhile, the incineration of chemical weapons continues and troubling events also continue.
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