Friday, February 14, 2014

OPCW: Finnish, US firms to destroy chemical agents

OPCW, the global watchdog for chemical weapons, says it has contracted a US firm and a Finnish firm to destroy part of Syria's stockpile of toxic agents.

Most of Syria's chemical agents are to be moved out of the country. Highly toxic substances will be destroyed aboard a special US ship at sea. Private firms will do some of the work.

The watchdog, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, is overseeing the destruction process.

The OPCW said on Friday that it selected companies from the 14 firms which bid for the contract. The winners were Ekokem of Finland and Veolia of the US.
Ekokem told NHK that it decided to take part in the project not only as business but also for ethical reasons.

The OPCW aims to destroy all of Syria's chemical weapons by the end of June. But the nation has already missed the February 5th deadline to complete shipment of all toxic agents out of the country.