Original story written by Greg Kocher for the Lexington Herald-Leader, find the original version here.
An online effort has begun to raise money to complete a documentary film about Craig Williams, the Berea man who sought community consensus on the safe disposal of chemical weapons in Madison County.
The 25-minute documentary, Nerve: How a Small Kentucky Town Led the Fight to Safely Dismantle the World's Chemical Weapons, will tell how Williams worked to bring people together to find alternatives to the incineration of nerve and mustard agents near Richmond.
Original story written by Michaela Ballard for the Richmond Register. Find the original story here.
The explosive detonation technology that will destroy mustard-agent munitions stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot is expected to be delivered and installed at the site by early next year.
A relatively small number of mustard weapons cannot be safely handled by the massive plant that will destroy the more than 500 tons of nerve-agent weapons in the depot’s stockpile.
Craig Williams, co-chair of Chemical Chemical Demilitarization,Community Advisory Board, shared that news with the board Wednesday.
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?'"
Article written by Steve Flairty for KyForward. Find the original story here.
New York native Craig Williams had an understanding with his father while he was growing up. “My dad would punish me if I did something wrong, but if I didn’t tell the truth about it, my punishment was far worse. He instilled in me the importance of always being truthful,” said the Berea resident. Williams now devotes his life to holding the American government and military to the same standard.
Though seeking, and telling, the truth has put Williams in some tough predicaments in his life, it has also resulted in safer existences for literally thousands of citizens who live near the U.S. government’s various chemical weapons sites spread across the nation.
Article written by James Carroll for the Courier-Journal and USA Today. Find the original story here.
WASHINGTON — Evidence of the recent use of chlorine gas against people in Syria raises questions about whether its regime is fully complying with an international chemical weapons agreement, according to an expert helping to monitor the situation.
While Syria did not have to declare its chlorine under the chemical weapons treaty Syria signed, in part because of its many home and industrial uses, its use as a weapon is barred.
Chlorine is an irritant that can react with moisture in the lungs to produce hydrochloric acid. Though its effects are less harmful than the sarin nerve gas that Syria gave up, exposure can be fatal.
"I am very concerned that they still maintain some of that material and it has been used on civilian populations," said Director Craig Williams of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, a citizens' watchdog group based in Berea, Ky.
Article written by Bill Robinson for the Richmond Register. Find the original story here.
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have agreed to spend nearly $596 million in the coming year on programs to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot and at Pueblo, Colo.
Craig Williams, co-chair of the Chemical Demilitarization Citizen’s Advisory Board, delivered that news to the panel Wednesday at its quarterly meeting. Chemical weapons at the both Kentucky and Colorado depots will be demilitarized by neutralization.
As the world focuses on the use of chemical weapons against the people of Syria, WKU-PBS viewers will learn more about this type of weapon as Craig Williams, The Project Director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation joins WKU-PBS for Kentucky Outlook.
Article written by Eric Flack for Wave 3 News. Find the original article here.
RICHMOND, KY (WAVE) - There are deadly chemical weapons being housed in Kentucky. They are being kept at a United States Military facility, located about 100 miles from Louisville, and are the same nerve agents allegedly used by the Syrian President to kill 1,400 of his own people.
Chemical weapons have been stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot since the 1940's and the military is working to get rid of them. But the project has been bogged down in delays leaving some Kentucky families living under a cloud of uncertainty.
Article by Greg Kocher for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find it here.
The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria thrusts the international spotlight onto the same deadly "nerve agents" stored at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County.
This article was published by WYKT and the Associated Press. Find it here.
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - The commander of Blue Grass Army Depot has issued a preliminary finding that exploding more than 15,000 mustard rounds inside a steel detonation chamber will have "no significant impact" on the environment.
Col. Lee Hudson says in the report that destroying the lethal toxin would take about 38 weeks and would eliminate the need for a plant being built on the central Kentucky site to deal with the rounds.
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