Disaster Response and Preparedness

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...

Start-Up Team Tests Generators at Kentucky Plant

Start-Up Team Tests Generators at Kentucky Plant

Aug 2, 2016

Systemization team members are testing Standby Diesel Generators at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), in order to provide adequate power to the site in an emergency. “This is the equivalent of a Navy shakedown cruise,” said Gary Price, electrical engineer, BGCAPP. “We are testing the generators to ensure they can carry the...

Thousands of welds might be deficient at Madison County weapons destruction plant

Thousands of welds might be deficient at Madison County weapons destruction plant

Jan 24, 2016

The discovery of thousands of deficient and questionable welds is unlikely to delay destruction of chemical weapons at a Madison County plant, officials said last week. At issue are deficient welds in equipment fabricated by a subcontractor in California and then shipped to the plant at Blue Grass Army Depot south of Richmond. The plant, which was completed...

New Manager Leads Blue Grass Systems Contract

New Manager Leads Blue Grass Systems Contract

Jan 24, 2016

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) team welcomed Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) project manager Ron Hink Nov. 2. He replaces Doug Omichinski, who was appointed Bechtel’s corporate manager of construction in Houston, Texas. “I’m excited to be here at this pivotal time in the project’s development,” said Hink. “Doug did...

Mustard agent destruction may get started early

Mustard agent destruction may get started early

Mar 19, 2015

The Richmond Register March 18, 2015 Mustard agent destruction may get started early By Machaela Ballard / Register News Writer The explosive detonation technology that will destroy mustard-agent munitions stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot is expected to be delivered and installed at the site by early next year. A relatively small number of mustard weapons...