Employees of Blue Grass Chemical Activity will begin readying stored mustard projectiles for future X-ray assessments this week at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County.
The purpose of the operation is to select sample projectiles that represent the entire stockpile. The projectiles are stored in three separate igloos, and the samples will be safely transported to one designated igloo for X-rays that will begin in May.
The initial process is expected to last several weeks and marks the first steps for overall destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile.
The results of the X-raying will be used to determine whether the projectiles should be exploded inside steel vessels called "detonation chambers."