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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.
A final decision on the use of explosive detonation technology is expected by the end of the year.
Kentucky Chemical Destruction Citizen Advisory Board co-chairman Craig Williams told the Lexington Herald-Leader the report appears to be complete.
Williams is also director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group, an organization monitoring the destruction of chemical weapons in the U.S.
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