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Tue August 20, 2013
Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant 70% Built
RICHMOND, Ky. — Officials say construction on a long-awaited weapons disposal facility at the Blue Grass Army Depot in central Kentucky is about 70 percent complete and it is on track to start operations in 2020.
Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Craig Williams says it took several years for the project to recover from funding cuts in 2004. But, Williams told The Courier-Journal and Richmond Register, construction is tracking on schedule now that allocations have been more consistent.
Once operational, the Blue Grass Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant will be used to disassemble and neutralize the mustard, sarin and VX agent munitions contained in more than 100,000 rockets and artillery pieces that comprise the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile.
The depot has housed chemical weapons dating to 1944 at its 15,000-acre site in Richmond.