It may appear to be a tropical island complete with sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, but Johnston Island is anything but a tropical paradise.
But the threat of contamination still exists for Isaacs and the other Johnston Island residents.
"When the orderly room told me I was going on a remote assignment to Johnston Island, I was a bit surprised," said Farmer, a soft-spoken Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native.
"Johnston Island has a fascinating history," he said.
Jones believes that's difficult, given the problems he says exist at the Tooele and Johnston Island facilities.
Many problems he identified might have been avoided if the Army had transferred "lessons learned" at the Johnston Island prototype to its plant at Tooele, Jones says.
The Army also flatly refutes Jones' charge that Tooele hasn't benefited from lessons learned at the Johnston Island prototype incinerator.
For instance, the IG found "inherent environmental problems associated with the design and operation" of Tooele's brine-reduction system -- one that the report noted has also caused problems at Johnston Island. During tests of this system at Tooele, spilled brine exceeded the capacity of the vessel designed to collect it.
The storage of chemical weapons on the facility began in 1971 when Operation Red Hat brought tons of chemical munitions from Okinawa to Johnston Island. However, the destruction of these muntions began in 1990 when the chemical agent disposal system facility was completed.
The Johnston Island disposal facility was the first of its kind, and all the other nine sites use the information developed from this facility to build better and safer disposal facilities.
During its three decades of work, Johnston Island set standards for safety and storage of very lethal chemical agents that will be difficult to improve upon.