Kentucky Senators Take Aim At Chemical Weapon Disposal

Kentucky's U-S senators have offered a proposal aimed at accelerating by at least six years the destruction of chemical weapons stored in central Kentucky.

The amendment backed by Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning would set a 2017 deadline for disposing of the entire U-S stockpile of chemical weapons. The senators proposed more than 49 million-dollars in additional funds for the job. They are trying to attach the amendment to a defense policy bill being debated in the Senate.

A stockpile of chemical weapons has been stored in bunkers at Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky, for decades.

Weapons at Blue Grass are to be destroyed through chemical neutralization, followed by a secondary treatment onsite.

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