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The U.S. Army's Chemical Materials Activity (CMA) is the world leader in programs to store, treat, and dispose of chemical weapons safely and effectively. The activity developed and used technologies to safely store and eliminate chemical weapons at seven stockpile sites while protecting the public, its workers and the environment. CMA also has the storage mission at the Nation's final two stockpile sites. CMA was created to incorporate the former Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization and portions of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command into one activity. This streamlines operations and allows for greater integration of these programs. More information on the organization is available at About CMA.

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Tooele Army Depot takes the reins

On July 11, 2013—exactly 70 years after the first flag was raised at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD)—Army officials conducted a special ceremony to case the depot’s colors, officially marking the end of DCD and transferring the depot property and structures back to Tooele Army Depot (TEAD). Although DCD has been formally closed and the former workers have moved onto their next venture, the installation will live on with a new mission centered on conventional ammunition with TEAD at the reins.

CMA’s longest-running incinerator shuts down - TOCDF’s Metal Parts Furnace completes operations

The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF) reached a major milestone on June 13 as site leadership began ramping down the burners inside the plant’s Metal Parts Furnace (MPF), which was the Chemical Material Agency’s last operating chemical weapons incinerator in the nation. “This is a significant milestone for the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility and the U.S. Army, and it marks the end of an era for the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile elimination program,” said TOCDF Site Project Manager Don Campbell..

CAMDS: Gone, but not forgotten

The Nation’s chemical stockpile elimination program’s research and development facility—Chemical Agent Munitions Disposal System (CAMDS)—has completed its closure work. CAMDS, which is located on Deseret Chemical Depot, submitted the final closure package to the Utah Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste. It is expected that the state will grant the approval by the end of February 2013.

CAMDS is where the U.S. Army’s first formal chemical weapons destruction efforts began. For more than 25 years, CAMDS developed and tested chemical weapons destruction methods and procedures, destroying more than 363,000 pounds of chemical agents and more than 40,000 munitions during that time.

Although, CAMDS has closed, its legacy will live on, as the two remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites at Pueblo, Colo. and Blue Grass, Ky. will continue using the proven technologies and processed developed at CAMDS.

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