Blue Grass Army Depot passes CWC inspection

The chemical weapons stockpile at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky, recently passed an international inspection conducted to ensure compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The inspection team accounted for every chemical weapon declared to be in storage at the depot to comply with the CWC treaty. The team included representatives from Montenegro, Serbia, France, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency escorted members of the team through the facility, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The U.S. originally signed the CWC treaty in 1997. By signing the treaty, the U.S. agreed to destroy all its chemical weapons and former production facilities, in addition to stopping the production, development, use and acquisition of chemical weapons, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

A facility to destroy the weapons at the depot is currently under construction. The nearly $2 billion building is approximately 60 percent complete. The building contains walls that are two and a half feet thick to withstand an unexpected chemical leak or blast, reports.

"If there was an unexpected detonation the effects of that pressure, the shrapnel, as well as the release of the agent, would totally be contained within the structure," Craig Williams, a member of the chemical weapons working group, said, according to

The building should be completed by 2015. If there are no delays in the plan, all of the weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot will be destroyed by 2023, reports.