The groundbreaking ceremony for a new chemical weapons disposal facility at Tooele Army Depot is set for Oct. 30, an Army spokeswoman said.
Chemical Disposal System No. 1 will be the first of its kind in the United States and will begin the destruction of the nation's stockpile of aging chemical munitions, said spokeswoman Susan Barrow.The featured speaker at the ceremony will be Ambassador Ronald F. Lehman, director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, she said.
The disposal site, which will destroy the munitions by incineration, will be managed by the office of the Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
The weapons include projectiles, cartridges, mines, rockets and bulk containers. Tooele stores nearly half of all the U.S. chemical weapons.
Barrow said the chemicals to be destroyed include nerve gases known as Sarin and the blistering agent mustard gas. None of the munitions have been manufactured since 1968.