The Anniston Army Depot, responsible at its pinnacle for storing seven percent of the country's chemical munitions stockpile, is entering a new phase Tuesday.
In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the military organization responsible for transporting, storing and maintaining chemical weapons was shut down, or "closed." The group is called the Anniston Chemical Activity.
The Anniston chemical munitions stockpile at one point consisted of more than 660,000 weapons, which were safely destroyed over an eight-year period.
The Depot has not had a chemical weapon on the facility since September 2011.
At the peak of demilitarization efforts, Anniston Chemical Activity employed more than 170 employees. Currently, less than 40 work at ANCA. Depot officials report the reduction in force was mostly achieved through attrition and retirements.
Some employees will retire at the end of the month. A total of 18 workers were let go and will have to leave work by the end of June. Some have found replacement jobs at similar facilities.
The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, where the incinerator is located, is expected to be dismantled later this year.
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