Disaster Response and Preparedness

To Safely Dispose of Chemical Weapons, The U.S. Army Has Developed Some Next-Level Tools

To Safely Dispose of Chemical Weapons, The U.S. Army Has Developed Some Next-Level Tools

Jun 1, 2017

As lethal as any conventional attack, compounds like sarin and the nerve gas VX also cause an alarming amount of pain and suffering, and have been frowned upon by international governing bodies since at least the late 19th century. But getting rid of lethal chemicals encased in explosive shells is no simple task. For decades, the U.S. simply buried or burned its...

Chemical Weapons Convention systematic inspection a success

Chemical Weapons Convention systematic inspection a success

May 19, 2017

BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT, Ky.  Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited the Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA), located at Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, May 12-17 to perform the systematic stockpile verification inspection, an annual process that has been taking place for 20 years. The inspection team assured...

McConnell: Budget Secures Resources to Benefit Kentucky

McConnell: Budget Secures Resources to Benefit Kentucky

May 16, 2017

The $1 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday not only keeps the federal government open through September, it also includes additional money to pay for the destruction of chemical agents stored at Blue Grass Army Depot. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, the Senate Majority Leader, announced the measure contains over $380 million for the...

Leader of Chemical Weapons Destruction Program Retires

Leader of Chemical Weapons Destruction Program Retires

Apr 29, 2017

The Program Executive Officer who leads the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program marked his retirement during a ceremony April 26 on the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. “I am ending a career I never imagined I would have and one in which I never had to worry about being alone,” said Conrad F. Whyne. “The opportunities that I...

Chemical weapons destruction delayed at Blue Grass Army Depot

Chemical weapons destruction delayed at Blue Grass Army Depot

Dec 16, 2016

The destruction of Madison County’s stockpile of chemical weapons was scheduled to start next year, but officials said Thursday that unexpected costs at a Richmond plant and at a sister plant in Colorado have changed those plans. The destruction of 15,000 projectiles containing mustard or blister agent was projected to start in mid- to late 2017. But $55...

U.S. set to destroy chemical weapon stockpile in southern Colorado

U.S. set to destroy chemical weapon stockpile in southern Colorado

Sep 6, 2016

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press DENVER — The U.S. Army plans to start operating a $4.5 billion plant next week that will destroy the nation’s largest remaining stockpile of mustard agent, complying with an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, officials said Wednesday. The largely automated plant at the military’s Pueblo Chemical Depot in...