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BEREA, Ky. (AP) - The man who has helped guide the safe disposal of chemical weapons stored in Kentucky is traveling to South Korea to give a keynote speech.
Craig Williams is the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons project director. He will be in Seoul to speak at the Green Asia Forum. The foundation says he was invited because of his success in dealing with complicated issues involving several bureaucracies and interests.
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.
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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is launching an online fundraising campaign for a documentary about the group’s founder, Craig Williams.
Twenty-five years ago Williams helped organize a grassroots coalition with an aim toward safe disposal of the deadly chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Known as the Chemical Weapons Working Group, it has since helped pass federal legislation that ultimately forced the government to find a safer disposal method for weapons stored at four sites around the U.S.
Williams won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.
The documentary is titled “NERVE,” and will be directed by Kentucky filmmaker Ben Evans.
The online fundraiser is being hosted by Indiegogo.com
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.
Article written by Vickie Welborn for the Shreveport Times. Find the original story here.
Advanced treatment technologies that safely destroy explosive materials are at work across the country and should have been considered rather than an open burn at Camp Minden to destroy over 15 million pounds of M6 propellant, experts agreed Thursday in a morning telephone news conference.
Solutions and alternatives are keys to "breaking the stalemate on having a government agency saying this is the way we are going to do it without involving the people," said Craig Williams, executive director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group in Berea, Ky., where a similar fight was waged in the 1990s. Citizens there formed a coalition opposing the construction of chemical weapons incinerators and were successful in passing federal legislation mandating the research and implementation of safer, non-incinerator methods.
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.
Article published by the Goldman Staff for the Goldman Prize. Find the original story here.
2006 Goldman Prize winner Craig Williams has dedicated his life to the safe disposal of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpiles.
As a member of the Kentucky Governor’s Commission on Chemical Weapons, and as a central figure in the fight to eradicate chemical weapons, Williams has attended two sessions of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body overseeing global chemical weapon elimination efforts at The Hague in the Netherlands.
We reached out to Williams to get his take on the recent decision to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea. Read below for his take on the issue:
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