Component of Chemical Weapons Destroyed at Pine Bluff Arsenal

April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:58 p.m. CST

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) _ The destruction of 254-thousand pounds

of a chemical ingredient used in the making of nerve agent has been

completed at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. The neutralization of the

chemical D-F was carried out in accordance with the terms of an

international treaty.

The last of the military's supply of the chemical D-F -- which

had been stored only at the Pine Bluff Arsenal -- was neutralized

with water on Thursday.

The chemical was kept for combination in rockets with another

non-lethal component to form the nerve agent sarin. A 1989

agreement with the former Soviet Union ended that weapons program

in 1991, leaving D-F in storage until destruction.

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