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

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 …

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Chemical Weapons Convention systematic inspection a success

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 …

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McConnell: Budget Secures Resources to Benefit Kentucky

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 …

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Leader of Chemical Weapons Destruction Program Retires

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 …

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Chemical weapons destruction delayed at Blue Grass Army Depot

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 …

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

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 …

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Start-Up Team Tests Generators at Kentucky Plant

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 …

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

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 …

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New Manager Leads Blue Grass Systems Contract

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 …

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Mustard agent destruction may get started early

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 …