Army Finishes Neutralizing Sarin Containers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Army says it has completed the process of neutralizing sarin found inside three deteriorating containers at Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.

Although the liquid nerve agent has been drained, a news release sent Thursday says the containers themselves and the wastewater that came from the drainage still must be destroyed and trucked to a site in Texas.

The containers were part of a stockpile of chemical weapons set to be destroyed to comply with an international treaty. The Army decided to destroy those three early after one of them leaked in August 2007.

Lt. Col. David L. Musgrave, the commander of Blue Grass Chemical
Activity, called Thursday's announcement a "major milestone."

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