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Workers tear down Army chemical site in Utah

Jan. 9, 2014 - 06:41PM   |  
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SALT LAKE CITY — Wrecking crews are starting demolition at a remote Army depot in Utah that burned tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons.

The Deseret Chemical Depot, 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, once held more than 40 percent of the nationís stockpile of chemical weapons.

Officials say the demolition work will last nine months. It will include taking apart the incinerator that destroyed a witchesí brew of toxins and blister and blood agents that accumulated throughout the Cold War.

The U.S. Army has destroyed about 90 percent of its chemical weapons under an international treaty. Russia is about 65 percent complete. Now, both countries are helping Syria get rid of its chemical weapons.

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