Human, environmental health a priority for chemical weapons destruction plant in Kentucky
The facility is currently under construction and will take on the dismantling of chemical weapons stockpiled at the Blue Grass Army Depot, located near Richmond, Kentucky.
The facility is partnering with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection in order to comply with the state's environmental policies and regulations. According to the PEO ACWA report, the partnership began in 2003 during the planning stages for the facility.
"With the complexity of this plant and the regulations applied to it, it’s helpful for us to work together to enhance our protection of the environment,” Blue Grass Army Depot Environmental Manager Todd Williams said. “As we work together, we gain a better understanding of each other’s expectations, which benefits us for our ultimate goal of safe and environmentally protective chemical weapons destruction.”
Plant Project Manager Jeff Brubaker said the plant is willing to be open and transparent on its activity and how it relates to the surrounding community. He said the facility's goal is to operate in a safe manner for those working at the facility and those living in surrounding communities.