5:06pm

Mon December 26, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Weapons Destruction Plant Almost Complete

The destruction of chemical weapons was completed in 2011 in Anniston, Ala., and Umatilla, Ore. Meanwhile, construction continues on a pilot plant in Madison County that will begin to destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons in about five years. Construction of the plant at Blue Grass Army Depot south of Richmond is 45 percent complete. The plant won't be finished until 2016, and destruction of the 523 tons of weapons won't be finished until 2021, according to current schedules.A major milestone in the plant's construction came in October when workers finished installing the vessels that will neutralize the chemical agents and explosive components inside the World War II-era rockets and projectiles.