Mustard agent leak detected at APG

August 19, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A low-level leak of mustard agent has been detected in the same storage building at Aberdeen Proving Ground that reported similar discharges in June, the Army said yesterday.

The Army, which operates the Harford County proving ground, said an alarm sounded at 12:45 p.m. indicating a low-level presence of mustard agent vapor inside the sealed storage structure that houses steel containers of the deadly chemical. No vapor was detected outside the building and at no time was there any danger to facility workers, the community or the environment, the Army said in a prepared statement. "Leaks such as these do occur at the nation's eight chemical agent stockpiles, and yesterday's leak points to the importance of completing the job of safely destroying the Edgewood chemical stockpile as early as possible," said Lt. Col. Gerald L. Gladney, commander of the Edgewood Chemical Activity and Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

The leaking container was the same one responsible for an alarm June 23.

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