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Community advisory panels get update on chemical weapons disposal

Stu Johnson

Efforts are underway to track down the source of elevated chemical agent readings in a storage site at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Members of two community advisory panels heard a report on the situation Wednesday.

Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Site Project Manager Candace Coyle said the reading came in an igloo where already drained munitions are being stored before final destruction. Coyle noted no elevated readings were detected in the plant. “All of our records indicate that we had readings well below the permit that we are required to meet. It was transported and then, over time, I guess over the period of time it was sitting in there, there was a signal of something elevated in the igloo emitting. We have no idea what the source is at this time,” said Coyle.

Coyle said these containers. with rocket motors removed, are considered secondary waste. It was announced that just over a third of the chemical weapons stockpile at the Madison County installation has been processed.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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