In the press
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5 – 8 October 2021
The Ninety-Eight Session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be held 5-8 October 2021. To view available conference documents, visit the OPCW website.
2 October 2021
Protective Biosystems: Parasites to Fight Chemical and Biological Weapons (Global Biodefence)
Charles River Analytics announced Sep. 14 it was awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead a team of research organizations seeking to develop a novel biosystem solution to protect warfighters from chemical and biological threats.
1 October 2021
U.S. Mustard Agent Destroyed at Army Depot (Arms Control Association)
The last U.S. projectiles containing mustard agent at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Blue Grass, Kentucky, were destroyed on Sept. 4, marking the third of five destruction campaigns completed at the site.
22 September 2021
The pristine turquoise waters of Lake Geneva may appear serene, but lurking below are piles of bombs, cartridges and possibly even chemical weapons discarded decades ago. For the first time ever, Swiss authorities will soon start mapping the piles of munitions in the lake to determine what kind of explosive debris is there, how much, and whether it should be removed.
21 September 2021
British police identify new suspect in Russian Novichok double-agent poisoning (The Washington Post)
Police identified a third suspect in the attempted poisoning of a former Russian double agent in 2018, and the European Court of Human Rights said Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing in Britain of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
21 September 2021
Representatives of 13 Member States of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from Asia shared good practices and discussed challenges in Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) related training for customs officers.
20 September 2021
Little research available on the long-term effects of tear gas use (University of Minnesota)
University of Minnesota Medical School graduate students analyzed and summarized literature on the health effects of chemical demonstration control agents, such as tear gas, including the studies which informed existing exposure guidelines. Their study shows that, despite frequent use around the world, there have been few studies that look into the long-term health and environmental effects of tear gas exposure.
15 September 2021
The elimination of North Korea’s chemical weapons could serve as a confidence-building step to convince the communist nation to eventually give up its nuclear power, an American expert said Wednesday.