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The destruction by the Chemical Weapons Convention and its implementation in Syria (DIEEEO107-2013)

This paper analyses the complex process of chemical weapons destruction. It starts with sea dumping, the most simple and used method, now prohibited, continuing with conventional methods like hydrolisis and incineration, which have been used since the fifties. Finally, new technologies with specific applications are reviewed, like the use of explosives, biodegradation and supercritical water oxidation. Also, we discuss issues related to categories and deadlines for chemical weapons destruction in the Chemical Weapons Convention and possible modifications based on the need to complete Syria´s chemical´s stockpiles destruction before mid-2014.

Author: Juan Domingo & René Pita

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