Dugway Update

The lockdown at Dugway Proving Grounds was initiated when a small quantity of VX nerve agent was discovered to be missing. The VX has been recovered.

A news release from the base on Thursday said, “during a routine inventory of sensitive material in the chemical laboratory, Dugway officials discovered a discrepancy between the records and the agent on-hand. As a precaution, the commander immediately locked down the installation and began efforts to identify the cause of the discrepancy.”

The missing VX amounted to something less than 1/4 teaspoon. In a way, it’s good news that they are that exacting in their inventory controls. It is still more than a bit disconcerting that something like that went missing for a period of time. Hopefully, there is some reasonable explanation for the problem.

I wonder if we will ever hear what happened.

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