The office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of
the Army hosted an environmental issues conference today in
Denver, Colo., with senior officials from federal, regional, and
state environmental agencies, along with local citizens groups.
The challenges of destroying chemical weapons in an
environmentally safe manner while providing for safety to the
public was the focus of the meeting.
This forum provided an opportunity for all interested share
holders to address site-specific issues associated with the
Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Program. Deputy Under
Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security, Sherri W.
Goodman, stated, Trust and openness are the key to making this
very complex program a success for all parties, and that's why we
set up this forum.
Commenting on the need to share information and jointly
resolve the complex issues facing this program, Assistant
Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition,
Gilbert F. Decker stated, The name of the game is teamwork.
This meeting was the first step in a process to improve
understanding and seek cooperation among all of the participants.
The meeting adjourned with a confirmed commitment by
all parties to continue discussions in the future about specific
areas of interest associated with the program. The exchange of
ideas and information by all attendees set the stage for building
a consensus for future problem resolution. Dr. Theodore M.
Prociv, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Chemical and
Biological Matters, emphasized, I was truly impressed with the
interest and desire of the participants to sit together and
jointly address this very complex challenge.