Last week’s announcement that the Army had finished destroying chemical weapons stored at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., was good news for the government and the community, but it also forces local officials to consider the future of almost 1,000 workers employed at the incinerator.
Most of those jobs are safe for now, as workers decontaminate and destroy portions of the incineration complex, reports the Houston Chronicle. Closure operations will continue for about 18 to 24 months, according to the Army.
To date, recent efforts by state and local officials to attract an industry to eastern Alabama that could take advantage of the employees’ skills have not been successful.
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is moving ahead with a $600,000 campaign to search for a solution to keep the workers employed, reports the Anniston Star. So far the chamber has set up a website to connect incinerator workers with employers.