5 million pounds of chemical weapons gone

HERMISTON -- The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility has reached a milestone with 5 million pounds of chemical weapons agent destroyed at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

Since operations began in September 2004, the plant has destroyed all of the depot's stockpile of nerve agents GB and VX and now is destroying mustard blister agent, the last chemical weapon left at the depot. A little more than a quarter of the 4.7 million pounds of mustard agent has been destroyed, with all of it scheduled to be incinerated in spring 2012.