DENVER (AP) – A federal court says Colorado doesn’t have the authority to set a deadline for the Army to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision throwing out the state’s lawsuit.READ MORE: Blue Angels Jet Makes Emergency Landing At Great Colorado Air Show
Colorado argued that the Army must come up with a schedule to meet a 2017 deadline set by Congress to dispose of the mustard agent. The state asserted it has authority under its hazardous waste laws.
The appeals court ruled that Congress has the power to regulate the process. It noted that Congress has extended the deadline at least six times.READ MORE: Marijuana Social Equity Fair Seeks To Level The Playing Field For Communities Of Color
The Army says it could take until 2019 to eliminate the stockpile.
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