Blue Grass Army Depot

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
defense.gov

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.