February 22, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ The US Army, needing to destroy its remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons, plans to simply blow some of them up, the AP reports.

Originally, Congress ordered that the stockpiles of 125,000 chemical weapons still remaining from the Cold War era be destroyed by 1994, but that deadline was extended to 2012. Now, the US is under the gun to destroy these weapons, and as many of 1,000 of them are currently leaking or in need of immediate attention, the AP says.

The Army plans to use explosives to blow the weapons up in Colorado and Kentucky, but environmentalists are urging the Army to take a neutralization policy toward the disposal of all the weapons, not just most of them.

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