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CMA reaches destruction milestone

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced it has reached a milestone achievement in the elimination of the country's chemical weapons stockpile.

The CMA said Monday that 60 percent of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed. The milestone elimination level is part of a commitment made by the United States under the Chemical Weapons Convention arms-control agreement, the CMA reported.

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According to a news release, the chemical weapons destruction program, which takes place at destruction sites in Utah, Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas, will reach the 2 millionth weapon "in the coming months."

"We have increased our efficiency at destroying the nation's chemical weapons stockpile while maintaining the highest safety and environmental compliance standards," Conrad Whyne, CMA director, said in a the release.

"This accomplishment is the result of a true team effort between our storage and destruction staff consisting of both government and contractor personnel, and I commend the dedication of the members of our highly skilled workforce."

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