• Michael E. Duke, the Anniston Chemical Activity  employee who drove the last load of VX-filled artillery shells from the storage igloo to the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility for disposal, removes the “VX” sign from his trailer earlier this week after the enhanced on-site container with the munitions was delivered to the incinerator facility.

    Last VX projectile safely processed at ANCDF

    Michael E. Duke, the Anniston Chemical Activity employee who drove the last load of VX-filled artillery shells from the storage igloo to the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility for disposal, removes the “VX” sign from his trailer earlier...

  • Westinghouse Anniston Munitions Handler Dontae Graham moves the last 155 mm VX projectile to the conveyor at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility shortly after 1 a.m. May 24 for processing. The projectile, the last of 139,581 demilitarized at the ANCDF, was then disassembled by robotic equipment, drained of liquid agent and decontaminated in the metal parts furnace.

    Last VX projectile safely processed at ANCDF

    Westinghouse Anniston Munitions Handler Dontae Graham moves the last 155 mm VX projectile to the conveyor at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility shortly after 1 a.m. May 24 for processing. The projectile, the last of 139,581 demilitarized at...

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. (May 24) - All 139,581 nerve agent VX-filled artillery
shells that had been stored here for decades have now been demilitarized at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

The last VX-filled 155 mm artillery shell was safely disposed of May 24. The first projectile was processed June 3, 2007.

ANCDF demilitarization efforts have processed 80 percent of VX munitions stored here. In addition to the artillery shells, 35,662 VX-filled rockets have been processed.

The last VX munition campaign, involving land mines, will begin once site employees perform required maintenance work and install and test equipment designed to safely handle the land mines.

Timothy K. Garrett, ANCDF site project manager, said, "This is another significant
milestone for our entire work force that includes the Anniston Chemical Activity employees who store the munitions and safely move them, as well as the employees at the ANCDF who safely demilitarize them."

Garrett also said, "We expect all of the change over work to be completed in about two
months. Land mine disposal operations will take about a year to finish."

More than 48 percent of the chemical munitions stored here have now been safely
demilitarized. In addition to the VX munitions, 142,428 GB-filled munitions have been safely disposed of since operations began Aug. 9, 2003.

The ANCDF is scheduled to be decontaminated and decommissioned with the conclusion of the final disposal campaign for mustard agent munitions.

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