Earl Shaffer dies, and the Newport Chemical Depot begins destroying VX gas.
Sun, May 05, 2013 at 6:00 AM
May 5, 2002: Earl Shaffer
dies at age 83. In 1948, Shaffer became the first person to "thru-hike" the entire 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in a single season. He did the feat three more times, the last one at age 79.
May 5, 2003:
Washington Post reporters David Ottaway and Joe Stephens begin a multi-part investigation of the Nature Conservancy
(logo at right, laid over the BP logo), alleging that the $3 billion charity allowed perks and other benefits to top executives and board members. The Conservancy denies the charges, and is ultimately given a "four-star" rating from www.charitynavigator.com
, a respected nonprofit watchdog.
May 5, 2005: The Newport Chemical Depot
in Indiana begins incineration of its 300,000 gallons of VX nerve gas agent. The destruction, required by a global treaty on chemical weapons, concludes in 2008, and the depot shuts its doors in 2010.
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