A munitions storage and maintenance center, Anniston employs over 2,000 people and covers 25 square miles of land. Tanks and other equipment are repaired and tested here, but historically Anniston's main role has been as a major munitions storage site since WWII. Chemical weapons are among the munitions stored here, mostly M55 rockets shells with Sarin, VX, and Mustard gas, which are stored in some of the hundreds of earthen "igloos" at Anniston. Over the years many of the chemical weapons cannisters have leaked, and hundreds were disposed of in unknown locations. One of eight sites in this country where the Army stores obsolete chemical weapons. The Army would like to build an incinerator to dispose of the material, similar to the controversial chemical agent incinerator at Tooele Depot in Utah.
Anniston Army Depot