Chemical Stockpile Elimination

Thursday February 9, 2012

What is it?

The Project Manager for Chemical Stockpile Elimination (PM-CSE) is an Acquisition Category 1D project responsible for the safe destruction of about 90 percent of the nation's unitary chemical agents and weapons. The project used incineration and neutralization destruction technologies to complete its mission. The PM-CSE falls under the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA). CMA's mission is to safely store and destroy the nation's chemical weapons stockpile and to assess and safely destroy recovered chemical warfare materiel.

What has the Army done?

With the elimination of the chemical weapons stockpile at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD) in Utah on Jan. 21, 2012, PM-CSE has safely destroyed 27,473.65 U.S. tons of nerve and blister agents, nearly 90 percent of the nation's stockpile of chemical agent. PM-CSE successfully completed its mission to destroy all chemical agent munitions and items declared at entry-into-force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and assigned to CMA for destruction. The CWC, an international treaty ratified by the United States in April 1997, required the complete destruction of the Nation's chemical weapons stockpile by April 2007. The United States was granted a five-year extension to April 2012.

The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility at DCD was CMA's last operating chemical demilitarization facility. CMA previously completed chemical agent destruction operations at six other chemical demilitarization facilities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

CMA's other missions continue with the ongoing assessment and destruction of recovered chemical warfare materiel through its Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel project; and safe and secure storage of the chemical agent stockpiles at Richmond, Ky., and Pueblo, Colo. Those stockpiles will be destroyed by the U.S. Army Element Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), a separate Department of Defense program. CMA supports ACWA, sharing the lessons learned from its successful chemical stockpile elimination program.

Why is this important to the Army?

Completion of CMA's PM-CSE chemical warfare materiel mission eliminated the risk of chemical weapons storage in the South Pacific, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon and Utah. Residents in those areas no longer live with the threat of chemical weapons stored near their communities. The destroyed chemical agents and weapons are also no longer a terrorist target of concern. In addition, the safe destruction of nearly 90 percent of the nation's chemical weapons is empirical evidence of the Army's and nation's commitment to fulfilling treaty requirements.


U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency
CMA's Project Manager for Chemical Stockpile Elimination
U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
U.S. Army Materiel Command







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