Month: July 2021

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23 July 2021 Civil rights groups reach agreement with city of Charlotte and CMPD over use of teargas on trapped protestors (ACLU North Carolina) The terms of the agreement include extensive revisions to CMPD directives, including a ban on the use of CS tear gas during protests; a ban on the use of chemical weapons …

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23 July 2021 Syria blames Israel for destruction of evidence in Douma chemical attack (Al-Monitor) Evidence recovered from the site of a 2018 poison gas attack in Syria has been destroyed, Syria’s government told the United Nations’ chemical weapons monitoring agency last month. The cause, Syria’s government reported, was an Israeli airstrike on a previously …

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23 July 2021 Report by the Director-General: Progress in the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme (OPCW) In accordance with Executive Council Decision EC-M-33/DEC.1, the Technical Secretariat is to report to the Council on a monthly basis regarding the implementation of that decision. Page 4 of this month’s report notes that the two chlorine …

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21 July 2021 Introduction: UNSCOM and the Future of WMD Verification (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) This special issue of the journal of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists highlights the history of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM), the organisation set up after the 1991 Gulf War to oversee the elimination of …

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15 July 2021 U.S. Reaches New CW Stockpile Elimination Milestone (CWC Coalition) The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) in Colorado, United States, announced June 30 that 75% of the mustard agent stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical depot has been destroyed, marking an important milestone towards total stockpile elimination.

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14 July 2021 Method for Verification of Exposure to Novichok Nerve Agents (Global Biodefense) Researchers from TNO-CBRN Protection, The Netherlands, present an important method for verification purposes by the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and for regular forensic investigations.

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14 July 2021 Hydrogel composite developed to help protective gear rapidly degrade toxic nerve agents (ScienceDaily) Scientists have developed a hydrogel integrated with zirconium-based robust metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that rapidly degrades organophosphate-based nerve agents used in chemical warfare.

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13 July 2021 Kentucky plant begins nerve-agent rocket destruction campaign (KPVI) Bechtel has successfully begun destroying the next batch of chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Kentucky. Nearly 18,000 rockets containing VX will be destroyed in the campaign.

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13 July 2021 Feds: New Hampshire Firm Shipped WMD Tech to Russian Spies (The Daily Beast) Newly unsealed documents allege that a U.S. company “intentionally falsified shipping documents” to send scientific instruments to Moscow’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB. The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating.

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2 July 2021 The Future of the Global Norm Against Chemical Weapons: An Interview with Susanne Baumann, German Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control (Arms Control Association) Arms Control Today interviewed Susanne Baumann, German commissioner for disarmament and arms control, by email on the status of the global norm against chemical weapons and how it …

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