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.