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11 August 2021

DTRA’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Historic Mission in Libya (DVIDS)

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (United States) is celebrating 30 years of collaboration with partners to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by highlighting several CTR milestones, including in 2006 when DTRA deployed teams to Libya to build a munitions elimination facility in the Sahara Desert for Libya’s declared chemical weapons.

10 August 2021

Plants, Heavy Metals, and the Lingering Scars of World War I (Atlas Obscura)

An excerpt from Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, by Cal Flyn, describes the impact that chemical weapons had on the landscape in France, particularly at the “Zone Rouge” and the “Place of Gas” near Verdun.

9 August 2021

17th General Meeting of BNACWC Held (United News of Bangladesh)

The 17th General Meeting of Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention was held on Monday via an online platform. Members reviewed the present activities of BNACWC and discussed about the future road map to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention in Bangladesh.

4 August 2021

The situation in the Middle East (Syria) – Security Council, 8830th meeting (United Nations)

The members of the Security Council will review the activities of OPCW between 24 June to 23 July 2021 in implementing Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) and the relevant provisions of the OPCW Executive Council decisions in relation to the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme. (Video recording)

3 August 2021

Note by the Technical Secretariat: Correspondence from Germany to the OPCW Requesting Technical Assistance in the Case of Mr. Alexei Navalny, and Associated Documents (OPCW)

Germany requested the OPCW Technical Secretariat to declassify previously classified documents related to the Alexei Navalny case. The Secretariat published a letter from the Permanent Representative of Germany to the OPCW, H.E. Amb. Gudrun Lingner, to OPCW Director-General, H.E. Fernando Arias, in which Germany requested the Secretariat to carry out a technical assistance visit in the case of Alexei Navalny.

29 July 2021

Public Comment Sought for Static Detonation Chamber Permit (ACWA)

A draft permit that will allow operation of Static Detonation Chamber units at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is open for public comment through Sept. 13. The three SDC units will augment the main plant by destroying 4.2-inch mortar rounds containing mustard agent.