Blue Grass Army Depot

For more than 20 years emergency preparedness exercises have been held in and around the Blue Grass Army Depot. 

Wednesday’s drill comes as officials continue to ramp up for demilitarization of chemical weapons stored in Madison County.

The timeline for disposal of mustard blister agent stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot appears likely to change.  Mustard and nerve munitions have been buried in bunkers at the Madison County army installation since World War II.  The change in scheduling could mean demilitarization of nerve agent first.

U.S. Senate Action Seeks Munition Disposal Alternatives

Jun 17, 2016

    Efforts focusing on developing new methods for disposal of conventional munitions continue in Washington.  The legislation would likely impact operations at the Blue Grass Army Depot. 

The U.S. Senate this week approved the National Defense Authorization Act.  It included a provision seeking alternatives to open air burning and detonation of hazardous munitions waste.  


    Today’s ribbon cutting to recognize the renovation and expansion of Madison County’s Emergency Operations Center attracted military, local government, business, and interested citizen representation.  The scheduled disposal of chemical weapons stored nearby played a key role in the development of the center.

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — An official says it is expected to cost about $20 million to make repairs at a central Kentucky chemical weapons destruction plant. 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the general contractor for the plant in Madison County, said it is seeking compensation from General Atomics of San Diego for the cost to replace piping with deficient welds since the welds were done by a subcontractor for that company.

Chemical Munition Bill Moving Through Kentucky Legislature

Feb 19, 2016

State legislation to keep on track destruction of chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot continues to move through the Kentucky General Assembly.  The measure pertains to reclassifying secondary waste from the neutralization process.  Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter believes central Kentuckians are ready for the disposal process to begin.  “It’s an almost $5 billion project and they’re glad to see this chemical done away with so it leaves Madison County,” Carpenter said. “I think people have always been nervous with that product being there, and I think this is the bes

A revision in Kentucky law related to the disposal of mustard and nerve agent munitions at the Blue Grass Army Depot is being sought in Frankfort.  Members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee unanimously approved the reclassification of secondary waste Wednesday. 

Stu Johnson / WEKU News


Another Blue Grass Army Depot mock disaster drill is in the books.  Each year finds a little more anticipation about the start-up of chemical munition disposal in Madison County.

Greg Kocher / Lexington Herald Leader

A filter has been connected to an igloo at Blue Grass Army Depot where a mobile laboratory detected a low-level release of mustard vapor.

Blue Grass Army Depot Considers Nerve Agent Disposal Changes

Dec 17, 2014

Discussions are underway regarding proposed changes in the process of disposing chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The contractor is suggesting the elimination of a rinsing technique to reduce the chance of the processed nerve agent congealing. 

Project Manager Jeff Brubaker says rusty pipes are another concern.  "Water has been shown to react with GB agent and result in a very acidic material which could be corrosive to the internal piping systems," said Brubaker.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

  Beginning in the 1940's the U.S. Army stored chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond.  At the order of Congress and in compliance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the materials at the site are slated for destruction.