The United States army has announced plans to shortly begin disposing of all its biological germ warfare materials -- an operation that will cost more than 12-million U.
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Background: The United States army has announced plans to shortly begin disposing of all its biological germ warfare materials -- an operation that will cost more than 12-million U.S. dollars and take up to one year to complete. Already army personnel are being trained in the methods of disposal in simulated exercises at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where the disposal will be carried out.
Most of America's germ warfare material is stored at Pine Bluff, a huge army arsenal. The canisters are kept refrigerated at a temperature of 40 degrees below zero. Nearly three hundred people will be employed on the destruction programme.
Canisters will be checked, decontaminated externally and then burned in specially constructed furnaces at prolonged temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Centigrade. The residue will later be buried.
(Between 1943 and 1970 the United States spent more than 720-million U.S. Dollars in manufactured germ warfare agents designed for use against human beings and agriculture.)