By RICK GLADSTONEJAN
Fourteen private companies, including four from the United States, have bid for contracts to eradicate 500 tons of chemicals in Syria’s munitions stockpile, as well as to destroy the residue from the most dangerous poisons that are to be neutralized at sea, the organization responsible for helping to oversee the elimination of the arsenal said Monday.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is working with the United Nations to destroy the Syrian weapons, said in a statement on its website that proposals from the 14 bidders were opened at a public event at its headquarters in The Hague.
They bidders responded to the organization’s “call for proposals for transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous and nonhazardous organic and inorganic chemicals, effluents and related materials,” which was announced after the organization’s inspectors had surveyed the Syrian stockpile as part of the destruction process. That process began more than three months ago, and the deadline for submitting bids was Sunday. The American companies, which constituted the single biggest national bloc represented, included InnoSepra LLC of Bridgewater, N.J.; Paragon Waste Solutions of Golden, Colo.; TM Deer Park Services of Deer Park, Tex.; and Veolia Environmental Services of Chicago.
Others on the list included two companies from France, one each from Britain, China, Finland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Spain, and a consortium from Britain, Germany and Belgium. Last week the O.P.C.W. announced that it had selected the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, one of Europe’s busiest, as the transfer point for the most dangerous chemicals, which will be shipped there from the Syrian port of Latakia and transferred to a specially outfitted American naval vessel, the Cape Ray, which will render them harmless.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/world/middleeast/syria-14-companies-bid-to-destroy-chemical-weapons.html?_r=0