Battelle wins contract for demilitarization of Kentucky plant

Battelle announced on Wednesday that it was recently awarded a $76 million contract to support the ongoing systemization activities at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, Kentucky.

Battelle is a company that applies science and technologies to solving everyday problems, including more serious issues like demilitarizing chemical weapons. It was headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and was originally founded in 1929.

The contract awarded to Battelle will span five years. Battelle will offer science and technology services, agent air monitoring and laboratory services to support the chemical weapons demilitarization plant. Battelle will employ over 150 employees to work a 24/7 schedule in order to help the plant meet its goals.

"We're pleased to begin this latest chapter in our country's important effort to rid the world of chemical weapons stockpiles," Dan Taylor, vice president and general manager of Battelle's Demilitarization business, said. "We look forward to using our proven sound science and safe operating practices as we tackle this effort."

This is not the first time Battelle has been part of demilitarization projects. Battelle has worked for the army in Alabama, Colorado, Maryland and Utah.

There are only two sites in the U.S. with stockpiles of chemical weapons, Blue Grass being one of those sites. With the recent contract, Battelle now provides services to both the locations.