By Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2021

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s chemical weapons destruction facility has begun eliminating its stockpile of VX nerve agent.

The first munitions with the deadly nerve agent were destroyed at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent plant on Sunday. The plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County began disposing of its cache of decades-old chemical weapons in 2019.

“This milestone marks another significant step in the total elimination of nerve agent at the Blue Grass Army Depot,” Col. Stephen Dorris, the depot commander, said in a news release.

The facility has so far destroyed about 87 tons of deadly agent, the Army depot said.

The facility has blast-proof rooms with 2-feet (0.61-meters) thick concrete that can contain an explosion. Plant workers dismantle the weapons and mix the nerve agents with chemicals and water, turning it into a neutral solution.

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