Vapor detected at mustard gas facility, no danger: Operators

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Air monitoring devices at a mustard gas storage facility in Richmond detected vapor Tuesday, but residents aren’t at risk, according to a release from the managers, Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office.

The release said air monitoring systems detected a vapor emission in a storage structure holding 155mm projectiles containing mustard agent.

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The equipment detected the vapor during a routine analysis of the atmosphere within the structure, known as a service magazine, according to the statement.

The service magazine includes a carbon filtration system, so the vapor emissions remained under engineering controls and did not enter the outside atmosphere.

Additionally, no workers were exposed to chemical agent.

“There is no danger or risk to Madison County citizens or surrounding counties. The Madison County Emergency Management Agency and the Commonwealth of Kentucky EMA were notified of the vapor emission. More updates will be provided as they become available,” according to the release from the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.