Chemical Weapons Delay

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Colorado Congressman John Salazar wants a Pentagon official to visit Pueblo and answer questions about delays in destroying weapons stockpiled at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Community members made a similar request in November, but no meeting occurred.

The 780-thousand munitions containing 26-hundred tons of chemical mustard agent are supposed to be destroyed by 2012, but the project has been hampered by delays.

A Department of Defense memo made public last week says the Army intends to sharply curtail funding for destruction programs in Pueblo.

Salazar voiced his concern in a letter today to Michael Wynne, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisition. He says the arsenal is a security and environmental risk to the region.

Colorado Senator Wayne Allard has said he and other members of Colorado's congressional delegation would meet with Army officials to discuss funding for the destruction of munitions.