Bluegrass Army Depot

KY: Home to the Last of America's Chemical Weapons

Dec 22, 2014
Blue Grass Chemical Activity.

The U.S. has destroyed 90 percent of its chemical weapons - but thousands of aging rockets, laced with deadly nerve agents, remain in storage near Richmond.  The Blue Grass Army Depot holds 523 tons of chemical agent, and will be the last of the country's nine storage sites to destroy its stockpile.

A union spokesman says workers at Bluegrass Station Army Depot in Lexington are picketing over unfair labor practices.

A spokeswoman for the Blue Grass Army Depot says a vapor leak from a sarin gas round posed no danger to the public.

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The Blue Grass Army Depot has approved the use of explosive destruction technology to destroy mustard gas munitions.

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.

RICHMOND, Ky. -- An environmental study has concluded that using Explosive Detonation Technology, or EDT, to dispose of aging mustard rounds at the Blue Grass Army Depot would not cause any “significant impacts” on the community. The public will have a chance to comment on the finding Tuesday.

A fifty foot tall, 100 ton empty vessel used in chemical weapons destruction is set to make its way to the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond; the final leg of its 1,800 mile journey from Idaho.