Furloughs begin at Blue Grass Army Depot

July 8, 2013 

Roughly 100,000 rounds of chemical weapon ammuniton are stored in bunkers like these at Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, KY. keyword: chemical weapons. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

Furloughs began Monday for some of the employees at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County responsible for the safe and secure storage of chemical weapons.

Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA) began furloughing 108 employees, the agency said Monday. The furlough is expected to run through late September and will require employees to work 32 hours a week rather than 40 hours a week.

BGCA will continue to monitor, inspect, and respond to any chemical-related event. BGCA has implemented a work schedule that ensures the continuity of emergency response and ensures compliance with all state and federal requirements.

In addition, the director of the Chemical Materials Activity, BGCA's headquarters, has exempted the Emergency Operations

Technicians from the furlough in accordance with Department of Defense guidance. This will ensure that the

organization continues to have 24-hour coverage of all activities related to the chemical weapons stockpile.

BGCA's commander, Lt. Col Christopher Grice, said BGCA's number one priority remains the safety of the chemical weapons stockpile. BGCA will not compromise the safety, security, or protection to the workforce, community or environment.

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