In 1997, 192 countries and territories signed
the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty, which
banned chemical warfare. ;e result of decades of
diplomacy, this agreement has sparked a long succession of projects to eliminate chemical weapons,
such as nerve and mustard agent and chlorine gas,
from military stockpiles around the world.
Wiping these weapons from the face of the earth
has been an arduous process. ;e 13-year, US$5.3
billion chemical agent destruction plant project in
Richmond, Kentucky, USA, is a case in point.
A joint venture by engineering ;rms Bechtel and
THE WAR ON
BUT THE END IS
Workers inspect chemical weapons at the Blue
Grass Army Depot, Richmond, Kentucky, USA.