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[GreenYes] FLASH: DuPont abandons VX-nerve poison waste dumping scheme


Friday, January 5, 2006. Contact: Alan Muller, 302.834.3466, 302.299.6783

DuPont issued a press release this afternoon, headed "DuPont Elects Not to Participate in U.S. Army's Wastewater Proposal."

The release concludes: "...It has become increasingly clear to us that the approval process will be lengthy and arduous, even with the supportive conclusions reached by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in their independent reviews. Therefore, we believe it is in the best interests of New Jersey and DuPont not to proceed."

(The full text of the DuPont release is available from Green Delaware.)

This is big victory for everybody in the Delaware Valley, and a giant vindication for all those who worked very hard to stop DuPont and the US Army from dumping treated "VX hydrolysate" into the Delaware River.

People from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and other states worked together to insist that the chemical weapons wastes be treated on site in Indiana, rather than shipped around the country for dumping into our waterways.

Elected officials, citizen activists, regulators, in fact, everybody with reason and common sense, "just said no!"

Background:

The Army was assigned the responsibility for destroying the various stockpiles of VX "nerve agent" in accordance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention.

One of these stockpiles is near Newport, Indiana, at the former Newport Army Ammunition Plant/Chemical Depot.

After negotiations with community representatives, the Army abandoned its original preference to incinerate the VX, and agreed to destroy the poison by means of "caustic neutralization" and subsequent chemical treatment steps.

But after the "9/11" attacks, the Army sought to partially treat the VX in Newport and ship the resulting "hydrolysate" to Dayton, Ohio, where it would have ended up, after "treatment," in the Little Miami River.

When community opposition killed this idea, the Army then sought to send the hydrolysate to DuPont's Chambers Works on the Delaware River in New Jersey. (This site is one of the largest known toxic water polluters.)

Opposition to the scheme was solid since the idea surfaced in 2003.

We hope that the Army will now come to its senses and revert to the original plans for on site treatment.

For additional background information do a search on "VX" at <http:///>www.greendel.org.

The list of those deserving recognition for this victory is long and incredibly diverse. Here are a few, with apologies for omissions:

Rob Andrews, Leonard Akers, Dave Bailey, Maddi Breslin, Jim Bryant, Tracy Carlucchio, Gina Carola, Dick Cathcart, Jesse Chadderdon, Elizabeth Crowe, Sharon Finlayson, John Flaherty, Rick Greene, John Hughes, Ellis Jacobs, Robert Knotts, Lisa Marsilli, Hugh McGuire, Nancy Merritt, D Morgan, Jane Nogaki, Joe Parrish, Pat Pastore, Laura Rench, Bruce Rittman, Jim Rowe, George Weber, Christine Whitehead, Craig Williams, Katie Wolfe, and many, many others.

Green Delaware is a community based organization working on environment and public health issues. We try to provide information you can use. Please use it. Do you want to continue receiving information from Green Delaware? Please consider contributing or volunteering. Reach us at 302.834.3466, greendel@no.address, www.greendel.org , Box 69, Port Penn, DE, USA, 19731-0069

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