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Blue Grass Army Depot on target for chemical weapons destruction
RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) – A meeting on Wednesday in Richmond gave the public updates on the latest the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, the facility where chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot will be destroyed.
“We’re all on board in trying to get rid of these weapons of mass destruction in the safest possible way,” said Craig Williams. Williams has been the liaison between the Madison County government and the Pentagon on how to rid of the chemical weapons.
More than 500 tons of deadly chemical agents are stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. The pilot plant is in the process of systemizing or testing the equipment before the it becomes operational.
The big news to come out of Wednesday’s meeting is that two Sarin samples will be taken next summer; those samples will be critical to ensure that the plant is ready for 2020.
“It will reduce the potential risk to the citizens and the work force at the depot,” added Williams.
Jeff Brubaker, the site project manager, says from a risk perspective, the Sarin liquid stored at The Blue Grass Army Depot will be the first to be destroyed.
“Because of its high volatility represents 99% of the risk to the public; if there were to be some sort of an event and we’re looking to eliminate that maximum risk as quickly as possible,” said Brubaker.
The only other remaining chemical stockpile in the country is in Colorado. Seven other plants have completed the destruction of their stockpiles.