Story by Greg Stotelmyer for the Public News Service-KY. Find the original story here.
RICHMOND, Ky. – The U.S. has destroyed 90 percent of its chemical weapons – but thousands of aging rockets, laced with deadly nerve agents, remain in storage near Richmond.
The Blue Grass Army Depot holds 523 tons of chemical agent, and will be the last of the country's nine storage sites to destroy its stockpile.
The Chemical Weapons Convention, a 1997 treaty entered into by 190 countries, outlaws the use, production and stockpiling of these lethal weapons.
Craig Williams has been a citizens' watchdog in Kentucky since the early 1980s.
"Once we're done, the United States has fulfilled its international obligations,” he says. “And so, obviously the spotlight is on us as to, 'When are you going to get done? Do you have the funding to complete it? Do you have the workforce to complete it?'"
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