U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler took out language from a defense bill that might have led to delays in the contract under which a chemical disposal plant is being constructed at Blue Grass Army Depot, says a watchdog group.
The 2011 House Defense Authorization Bill that surfaced last week contained language that would have forced major modifications in the contract, said the Chemical Weapons Working Group, a Berea-based organization. Chandler's office recognized the risk posed by the provision and the congressman authored an amendment to take out the language, according to a news release.
Chandler's "diligence helped us dodge another bullet on this project that could have easily set us back a couple of years," said Craig Williams, director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group.
Construction continues on the pilot plant in Madison County that will destroy 523 tons of nerve and mustard agents. Under current timetables, the destruction will begin in 2018 and will be finished in 2021.