By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — The Army’s estimated schedules and costs for chemical weapons incineration were too optimistic, a Congressional Research Service review says.

Craig Williams of Chemical Weapons Working Group testified before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee April 25. Data from the Army’s Operations Schedule Task Force 2000 Final Report showed that the United States would not meet Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for destruction of chemical weapons, he said.

The chemical destruction program was already 600 percent over budget and 14 years behind schedule.

Army spokesman Greg Mahall said Thursday, however, that Williams’ testimony did not factor in steps that the Army may take ... (For the full story see the May 22, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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