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Depot's nerve agent disposal near end

RICHMOND — Two truckloads of wastewater from the Blue Grass Army Depot reached Veolia Environmental Services near Port Arthur, Texas, on Thursday, bringing the operation to neutralize GB nerve agent near completion.

Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, the agency responsible for the destruction of the nation's chemical weapons stockpile, said crews have destroyed 157 gallons of GB, also known as sarin, since Nov. 12 as part of Operation Swift Solution.

Officials decided to destroy the chemical agent because the steel ton containers that held the GB began to leak.

Final operations will include shipping more waste from the depot to Texas, dismantling the neutralization facilities and shipping the decontaminated steel containers for recycling.