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Mon July 8, 2013
Furloughs Hit Blue Grass Army Depot
RICHMOND, Ky. - More than 100 workers at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond are seeing their hours cut from 40 per week down to thirty-two at least through September.
The furloughs are a byproduct of the automatic spending cuts triggered by the federal budget sequester. Blue Grass Chemical Activity commander Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Grice says the action is regrettable but necessary. He insists however, that the safe and secure storage of over 500 tons of chemical weapons at the site remains the highest priority.
“We want everybody here to provide ourselves flexibility but we have looked forward and set up a schedule that ensures the continuity of our emergency response, and we received approval from my director at the Chemical Materials Activity, which is our headquarters, to exempt our emergency operations technicians from the furlough. That was a critical thing for me because that’s my initial response to the ten communities around Richmond who could be potentially affected in an incident.”
Grice says despite the furloughs the facility will have 24 hour coverage of all activities related to the chemical weapons stockpile.