Chemical Weapons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A much criticized division of the Army would be blocked from managing the Bluegrass Army Depot if a technology other than incineration is used to dispose of the chemical weapons stored there.

That's according to legislation written by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and approved by a committee Tuesday.

The Pentagon has yet to decide how to destroy the chemical agents stored at the depot near Richmond. But lawmakers and others oppose incineration, saying it poses a greater risk to workers than alternatives.

An Army division that manages the disposal of chemical agents at other sites has been criticized for being badly managed and unresponsive.

McConnell says the Bluegrass disposal program should be run by a widely praised Pentagon agency that Congress directed in 1996 to identify alternatives to incineration.

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