RICHMOND, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2013) — The chemical weapons disposal plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot is about 70 percent complete.
It is expected to be completed, but not operational, by 2015, according to Craig Williams, co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Board.
The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant will be used to disassemble and neutralize the 523 tons of never agents GB and VX, and mustard agent in projectiles, warheads and rockets stored at the depot.
More than 1,200 people work at the Central Kentucky depot. In addition to storing chemical weapons, the depot provides conventional ammunition services, Chemical Defense Equipment management and manufacturing capabilities for the Department of Defense. The Blue Grass Army Depot covers more than 14,500 acres and contains more than 1,100 structures, including ammunition storage bunkers, warehouses, industrial facilities and administrative buildings.
The Blue Grass Chemical Activity, a tenant organization of the depot that reports to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity, is responsible for the safe, secure storage of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the depot.