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Battelle Experts Chair Panels, Present Papers at Demilitarization Conference

Posted on May 19, 2009

Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 19 May, 2009—Battelle experts will chair panels at the 12th International Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Conference on May 18-21 and present papers at various sessions.

Presentations about all aspects of chemical weapons will be made in various sessions and include such topics as progress in the last 10 years, key achievements, lessons learned, and future chemical weapons demilitarization activities.

Since 1989, Battelle expertise has helped the United States meet its obligations as a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  Battelle provides air monitoring, environmental management, and technical services to the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Alabama; the Pueblo Chemical Agent Disposal Pilot Plant in Colorado; the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Utah; and the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Kentucky.  Battelle also conducts an assessment of Army CWC implementation actions and maintains a searchable historical record of the CWC implementation.

“Battelle has a long history of addressing global challenges such as chemical weapons demilitarization,” said Dean Ertwine, Vice President of Battelle’s Army sector.  “Battelle provides scientific expertise to assist our government, and the international community on this important issue, and we look forward to sharing solutions with our colleagues around the world.”

Battelle staff presentations will include a paper by Dr. John Barton of the testing that quantifies the potential for damage that could occur during thermal processing of intact rocket fuzes.  Barton will also discuss developing of key plant closure documentation.  Randy Roten will present an innovative method for reducing the false positives (i.e., false alarms) that can occur when monitoring for chemical agents, and Dr. Robert Kelly will deliver a paper on the analysis of GB, HD and VX in epoxy-painted concrete.  Dr. Lindy Dejarme will deliver a paper evaluating the use of tandem mass spectroscopy as an analytical tool during chemical agent destruction operations.  The work presented was funded by the United States Army Chemical Materials Agency and the DoD’s Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program.

Chairing select panels are Battelle senior staff Dr. Robert Kelly, Dan Taylor, Dean Ertwine, Mark Huller, Dr. Gary Sides, and Dr. Reza Karimi.

This annual international conference is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD).

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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