Deseret, Utah

Iraq was destroyed on a false accusation of harbouring chemical and biological weapons with which (so they told us) its neighbours could be threatened (not the United States).

In the aftermath of Iraq's death at the hands of the nations with the largest arsenal of such prohibited weapons, what kind of death are the United States and Britain deserving of, that murdered Iraq on the basis of a false accusation? SLOW DEATH FROM THEIR OWN LEAKING ARSENAL. - Reni Sentana-Ries

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Safely Managing Chemical Weapons

     Deseret Chemical Depot's mission is to ensure that the storage of the stockpile remains safe for the community, the workers and the environment. The Depot, located 20 miles south of Tooele, encompasses 19,400 acres.

What is Stored at Deseret?
     Deseret Chemical Depot has been storing chemical weapons since 1942. The stockpile consists of spray tanks, cartridges, projectiles, rockets, bombs, ton containers and mines containing the nerve agents GA, GB, VX, and blister agents mustard and lewisite. The Army is committed to safely storing these weapons until they are eliminated as part of the Army's Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program.
     The Depot stores 13,616 tons, or 44.5 percent of our nation's original stockpile of chemical weapons. Seven other sites located across the continental United States, and on Johnston Atoll in the Pacific, store the remainder of the stockpile.

Chemical Weapons Storage
     There are three types of storage structures at Deseret Chemical Depot:

  1. Two above-ground magazines, 200-feet wide and 200-feet long;

  2. 68 steel arch igloos, 26-feet wide and 89-feet long; and
  3. 140 concrete arch igloos, 26-feet wide and 80-feet long.

     These earth-covered igloos are designed specifically to contain the munitions and protect them from damage caused by deterioration, storms, lightning and other weather-related events.
     Experienced and trained workers monitor the storage area. Regular inspections are performed to monitor for leaks and inspect the condition of weapons and facilities. These workers are also involved in regular exercises with state and county emergency management officials to test readiness for any emergency.
     Deseret Chemical Activity has a trained, professional workforce dedicated to maintaining the stockpile until it can be safely destroyed. Security features include a double fence, lighting system, controlled access and video surveillance in addition to the security guards who patrol the storage area.

Deseret and the Environment
     Deseret Chemical Depot is home to a variety of wildlife, such as deer, antelope, eagles and foxes.

Community Involvement
     The Army recognizes the importance of public involvement in safely storing America's chemical weapons. The Army encourages open dialogue concerning SBCCOM's mission to safely store these weapons. If you would like more information about the management of chemical weapons at Deseret Chemical Depot, contact the Public Affairs Office at (801) 833-4577 or visit the Tooele Community Outreach Office at the following location:

     Tooele Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office
     54 South Main Street
     Tooele, Utah 84074
     (801) 882-3773

Agent

Item

Quantity

Pounds

HT-Blister

4.2-inch Cartridges

62,590

363,020

HD-Blister

4.2-inch Cartridges

976

5,860

HD-Blister

Ton Containers

6,398

11,383,420

H-Blister

155mm Cartridges

54,663

699,540

Lewisite

Ton Containers

10

25,920

 

GA-Nerve

Ton Containers

2

2,820

TGA-Nerve

Ton Containers

2

1,280

TGB-Nerve

Ton Containers

7

6,960

GB-Nerve

105mm Cartridges

119,400

194,620

GB-Nerve

105mm Projectiles

679,303

1,107,260

GB-Nerve

155mm Projectiles

89,141

579,420

GB-Nerve

M55 Rockets

28,945

309,720

GB-Nerve

M56 Rocket Warhead

1,056

11,300

GB-Nerve

WETEYE

888

308,140

GB-Nerve

750-lb. Bombs

4,463

981,860

GB-Nerve

Ton Containers

5,709

8,598,200

 

VX-Nerve

155mm Projectiles

53,216

319,300

VX-Nerve

Mines

22,690

238,240

VX-Nerve

8-inch Projectiles

1

20

VX-Nerve

M55 Rockets

3,966

39,660

VX-Nerve

Spray Tanks

862

1,168,880

VX-Nerve

Ton Containers

640

910,960

     Deseret stores 13,616 tons, or 44.5 percent of our nation's original stockpile of chemical weapons.

* as of May 1997


This page last updated on 28 June 1999.

If you have any questions or comments, please email the
Deseret Chemical Depot Public Affairs Officer.