Study: Region should retain Bluegrass plant labor

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A study says local and state leaders in central Kentucky should develop a plan to make use of the skilled workforce when a chemical weapons destruction program is completed.

The study prepared by the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board and released Wednesday says the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond can continue to be an economic driver for the region. The plant is being built to eliminate about 523 tons of World War II-era chemical weapons.

The $5.4 billion facility is due to be completed in 2014, with weapons destruction to begin in 2020. The report says about 1,000 workers would have to find new jobs once the project is completed in 2025.

The report says the plant's highly-skilled workers would be valuable additions to the area's workforce.

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