NewsCovering Kentucky

Actions

Full-scale chemical agent destruction begins at Blue Grass Army Depot

Posted at 7:34 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 14:28:44-05

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Blue Grass Army Depot began full-scale chemical agent destruction at its pilot plant in Madison County.

Employees are calling it a "major milestone toward eliminating the total chemical weapons stockpile in Kentucky.”

Last Friday, workers at the plant destroyed the first eight-inch container of deadly sarin, also known as Nerve Agent GB. The process involves mixing the sarin with water and then using high temperatures and high pressure to turn it into a harmless solution of water, carbon dioxide and salt.

The Blue Grass Army Depot is expected to finish the destruction by 2024.

This marks the first nerve agent destruction in the United States since 2009. As of Jan. 10, more than 15 tons of chemical agent have been destroyed in Kentucky.