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Transfer of waste from depot recommended

RICHMOND — Secondary waste that will be created when the three chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot are destroyed should be shipped offsite for disposal, according to a report released Tuesday from a committee within the National Research Council.

The committee reviewed secondary waste disposal and regulatory requirements and made recommendations to the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program, a program within the U.S. Department of Defense that oversees the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot and the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado.

The committee highlight some benefits of offsite disposal, including a shorter time for completion.

It added, however, "the offsite option may be unattractive for other reasons." Construction is underway at the depot on the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, a facility where VX and mustard agent will be neutralized. Destruction of GB, or sarin, is set to be complete by the end of the year because those containers have repeatedly leaked.

The government has imposed a 2017 deadline for the destruction of the chemical weapons.