Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell joined local officials Saturday morning to mark the groundbreaking of a plant that will get rid of chemical weapons stored at an Army depot in central Kentucky.
The deadly weapons are leftovers from the Cold War and have been stored in bunkers at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond for more than six decades.
McConnell says he and local officials have had to push the Pentagon to secure funding for the two billion-dollar plant.
It is slated to employ about 900 workers at its peak.
Under the terms of an international treaty, the arms stockpiled at eight sites across the country must be destroyed by 2012. The deadliest materials at the depot, including mustard gas and sarin, are housed in earth-covered igloos.
The reception was held at Eastern Kentucky University.