As a dozen protesters wore surgical masks and
carried signs across the street, a Jefferson Twp. company began a
public outreach program Monday to explain its role in a U.S. Army
program to destroy stockpiles of deadly VX nerve agent at a plant in
Perma-Fix, off West Third Street on West End Street, will not
handle any of the deadly, weapons-grade nerve agent, but use a
bio-treatment process to treat hydrolysate, a by-product of the VX
neutralization, according to Tom Trebonik, Perma-Fix project
The treated hydrolysate, a liquid like saltwater, will be
released to a Montgomery County waste treatment plant.
The hydrolysate, which is considered a hazardous waste, will be
shipped in vacuum-controlled Perma-Fix trucks from Newport, Ind., to
Dayton, starting in October, Trebonik said.
"We are basically a waste, pre-treatment plant," Trebonik said.
"We handle 20 million gallons a year of similar waste."
Outside, Mary Robinson of Concerned Citizens for Responsible
Destruction of Chemical Weapons, said that the group wants the
entire VX neutralization project to stay in Indiana.
"There are 2,000 residents living around here," Robinson said.
The group has contacted state Sen. Tom Roberts and U.S. Rep. Mike
The Perma-Fix contract calls for the company to handle 30 percent
of the hydrolysate from Indiana, or 300,000 gallons — about 80 truck
The disposal is expected to take nine months, but the contract
could be extended.
The Army has to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by 2007,
according to the 1997 U.S. ratification of the Chemical Weapons
Contact Dale Dempsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or
[From the Dayton
Daily News: 03.18.2003]
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