A British company is hoping to win a contract with the U-S government, supplying chemicals which will neutralise obsolete chemical weapons.
The U-S is currently constructing an incinerator to carry out the task, after signing an international agreement three years ago to destroy all chemical weapons within a decade.
Protests are mounting in northern Alabama - 100-thousand people live close to the site where the incinerator is being built.
But the U-S army says it can't wait for tests on new technology.
This is one of the most dangerous places in America.
A U-S army weapons store in Alabama, home to tens of thousands of missiles tipped with deadly sarin and B-X nerve agent, enough to kill millions of people.
Three years ago the Americans signed an international agreement to destroy their entire chemical arsenal within a decade.
These Alabama bunkers hold less than ten per cent of America's vast stockpile of chemical weapons.
The U-S has just seven years left to get rid of the lot, but destroying them is proving to be a major headache.
This is the U-S Army's preferred solution - a vast heavily-guarded incinerator, still under construction at the Anniston Base.
Two-thousand tons of lethal chemical weapons will go up in smoke here, starting in 2002.
But grassroots protest against the incinerator is stirring in northern Alabama.
100-thousand people live close to the site where lethal chemical weapons are to be burned.
And just a few weeks ago these people learned of a leak at a chemical weapons incinerator in the isolated Rocky Mountains.
"We want to get rid of them, along with everybody else in the community, and along with the International Chemical Weapons Convention. We are in total agreement with them. The only thing we disagree with is the method."
SUPER CAPTION: Rufus Kinney, Community activist
But there is an alternative to incineration which has been developed by British company A-E-A Technology, based near London in the county of Oxfordshire.
Engineers from the company have shipped this intricate chemistry set, known as Silver 2, to a U-S military base to prove they can reduce nerve agent and mustard gas to harmless waste.
"This technology provides a solution for the world's chemical munition legacy. It's extremely environmentally friendly in that the products stream from Silver 2 are carbon dioxide, water and simple salts."
SUPER CAPTION: Terry Graham, Director, AEA Technology
The company is currently demonstrating its technology to the Pentagon and is hoping to win a big U-S contract.
But back in Alabama, the army says it can't wait for tests on new technology.
The ageing chemical weapons stored here are starting to leak.
Their billion dollar incinerator is almost ready and they want to use it.
"And every day we wait, every day that we look for something different is one day longer that the community may be at risk."
SUPER CAPTION: Lieutenant Colonel Tony Francis, US Army Chemical Corps
In Alabama, they seem determined to burn their chemical weapons.
But environmental concerns are growing and the Americans may decide to adopt the British technology at some point in the future to rid themselves of some of the most lethal weapons ever made.