Last week, a major milestone was announced at the Bluegrass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) located at the Blue Grass Army Depot Chemical Activity area in Richmond. The exterior structure of the Munitions Demilitarization Building was completed. Construction workers including some from Garrard County used 12,400 cubic yards on concrete and 2,095 tons of steel in building this part of the structure. They completed placement of the sloped roof of the Unpack Area, where the munitions will be removed from their transport containers and placed in the destruction process. The final placement was 158 cubic yards of concrete.
With concrete finalized, MDB construction will mostly move indoors, with preparation for and application of concrete coating, and installation of wall panels, lighting, piping, wining, fixtures and equipment.
In excess of 50% of BGCAPP has been completed. The total cost to build and operate the site is expected to exceed $5 billion. There are 523 tons of nerve agents stored at the Bluegrass Chemical Activity Area in Richmond. Currently, demilitarization operations are scheduled to start in 2020 and too take 3 years to complete.