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.