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MADISON COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) -- The same chemical nerve agent that killed the half-brother of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is stored in Central Kentucky.

The Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County is home to the country's only stockpile of VX Nerve Agent.

They are one of only two places in the US that still stores Chemical Weapons. The other is in Colorado, but they do not store the deadly VX Agent.

“Our stockpile has three agents: mustard agent, GB agent, and VX agent, which is the most lethal of the chemical warfare agents on the planet,” said Craig Williams, the project director with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

Williams has worked for decades with officials in coming up with a way to dispose of the chemicals at the Depot.

Construction of a plant to do just that, with limited risk to safety and the environment, is complete.

He said they are planning on beginning disposal in 2020.

A UN treaty from the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention bans VX.

The plans to get rid of the agent at the Depot means a lot of preparedness for Emergency Management in Madison County.

“Once they actually start destroying those chemicals, my understanding is that will be a 24 hour a day operation, and we'll have somebody in this building 24 hours a day to monitor it as they destroy those chemicals,” said Micahel Bryant, the Madison County EMA Director.

It will take about three years for the plant to get rid of all of the chemicals at the Blue Grass Army Depot. 

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