First chemical weapon destroyed at Blue Grass Army Depot.


MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The destruction of chemical agents is underway at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

On Wednesday, the depot announced the destruction of the first mustard agent-filled munition on Friday, June seventh, at the facility built to destroy obsolete chemical weapons. The depot now stores 523 tons of chemical agent. The Blue Grass Chemical Activity commander, Lieutenant Colonel Rodney McCutcheon, called Friday a “milestone day” for everyone associated with the chemical demilitarization program.

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The depot, in Madison County, and site in Colorado account for the last 10 percent of the national stockpile of chemical weapons. Both sites are set to wrap up their work, destroying the weapons, in December of 2023.

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