Army changes caustic wastewater disposal plan

| 4/13/2007

The U.S. Army has a new plan for disposing of about 2 million gallons of caustic wastewater from an Indiana facility that stored the deadly VX nerve agent.

According to The Associated Press, the Army originally planned to have the wastewater trucked eastward to New Jersey where it would supposedly be rendered harmless through a series of treatments, then dumped into the Delaware River.

But faced with strong public opposition, the Army has now given a French company a nearly $50-million contract to truck the wastewater south to Texas – passing through at least eight states on the way.

Once there, it would be incinerated at Port Arthur.

The shipments could start in two weeks, but several groups are threatening lawsuits to stop the plan, according to The AP.