- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - An official says it is expected to cost about $20 million to make repairs at a central Kentucky chemical weapons destruction plant.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the general contractor for the plant in Madison County, said it is seeking compensation from General Atomics of San Diego for the cost to replace piping with deficient welds since the welds were done by a subcontractor for that company.

Bechtel Parson’s project manager, Ron Hink, told The Richmond Register (http://bit.ly/1reNVIC) that the dispute resolution could involve multiple steps.

The massive complex was built to dismantle and destroy chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond. The facility is expected to start operations in 2020.

Officials say other issues have pushed back the start date by about six months. Replacing the piping is not expected to cause an additional delay.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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