Official: No Weapons Destruction For Another Year

Jun 15, 2012

RICHMOND, Ky. -- A federal official says it could be at least another year before more than 15,000 chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond will be disposed of.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Project Manager Jeff Brubaker says an environmental assessment of the proposal to explode the shells in steel containers must be completed.

The Winchester Sun reported that the assessment will be done at the Tennessee facility and will look at the possible impact the process would have to human health and the environment.

The main concern with 155mm mustard gas shells stored at the depot is solidified mustard agent inside the shells.

Brubaker says a sampling of shells last year showed that 85 percent of those sampled had at least 30 percent had the solidified agent.