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Tue November 11, 2008
Chemical Weapons Destruction Moving Ahead At Depot
By Kentucky Public Radio
Louisville, KKY – On Wednesday, army experts will begin destroying the chemical agents inside one of the depot's leakiest containers and two similar containers. Army experts will work through the winter and expect to complete the job in February. Chemical Weapons Working Group head Craig Williams says that in August 2007, one of these containers sprang its biggest leak ever.
"In order to mitigate the possibility for that to occur in the future and not just put a patch over the problem, they decided to go ahead and dispose of it, and I think it's an appropriate thing to do."
The head of the watchdog group says he's confident the army's disposal process is safe and effective. He also says he hopes funding will remain available to destroy the rest of the weapons stockpile on site, which a new law says must be complete by the year