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Soldier in CBRNE Gear

Chemical warfare testing at Battelle keeps soldiers safe


Posted by Kevin Landers on Nov 3, 2016


Few research labs in the country are as trusted as Battelle's lab in West Jefferson.

"It's very unique there's only a couple in the country that do this type of work and we're by far the best at it," Principal Researcher Ed Soja said.

Inside a locked vault is where the lab keeps some of the deadliest chemical compounds known to man.

Sarin, mustard gas, and VX nerve agent are stored here.

This is the largest lab in the country dedicated to chemical testing of military clothing.

Each swatch of material receives eight tiny drops, about the size of Lincoln's eye on the penny.

That's all it takes, scientists say, for a nerve agent to kill if it hits your skin.

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