Another Nerve Gas Leak At Blue Grass Army Depot

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

For those living near an Army depot where deadly chemicals are stored, "leak" is the one word they never want to hear.

Officials at Blue Grass Army Depot have confirmed that Sarin, an extremely toxic nerve agent, has been found leaking from a storage igloo, the same storage facility where another Sarin leak was discovered last August.

The Army says that igloo has been continually filtered and monitored since the initial leak and poses no risk to the public. But Craig Williams, director of the watchdog organization, Chemical Weapons Working Group, says this situation does carry great potential danger. "There's 49 igloos full of chemical weapons out there. That igloo before it was discovered to be leaking in August was on a regimen where it was monitored once a week. To me, that is not an adequate level of monitoring and protection for the work force and for the general public."

Williams told 27 NEWSFIRST, "There have been a number of studies already to determine the effects of a worst case scenario, an airplane crashing into an igloo and releasing a large volume of this materrial, a meteor strike, an earthquake. If you look at the probabilities of those sorts of things, they're very small. If you look at the consequences, they're catastrophic."

People living near the depot naturally are on edge despite the Army's assurance that no chemical agents have escaped the containment igloo.
Faye Bentley says, "I sit on my porch at night and I look over there across the fence and I think, 'oh, my God, what if?' I fear for my grandchildren who live directly across on the other side of the depot."

The United Nations classifies Sarin as a weapon of mass destruction. Its production and stockpiling was outlawed in 1993. Workers plan to inspect the container on Monday, then decide how best to correct the problem.

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  • by Ralph Location: Richmond on Jul 14, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    Like Joe said, let 'em destroy it. Go Goebel. Who WAS there first, the depot or the houses
  • by Riley Location: Richmond on Jul 14, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    So that's the reason Wow from Richmond (or What from Richmond) acts the way they do. It's the sarin gas that causes his ridiculous outbursts.
  • by Joe W. Location: Zoe KY on Jul 13, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    How long are these 1960's hippie throw backs going to stop the Army from disposing of the weapons.I saw one of them talking,about meteorites,a earthquake or a airplane hitting one of the storage bunkers.They better look out for the Good Ship Lollipop too or maybe the Cookie Monster.Let the Army destroy the weapons the way they have other places and had no problems!If you live across from the Depot and don't like it move and sell your house.
  • by Anon Location: Richmond, KY on Jul 13, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    You can rest assured that if the chemicals were causing a health hazard it would be killing people within SECONDS- there would be no cover up because it would be obvious to everyone!
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    Who was there first the depot or the houses?
  • by Zat'Right? Location: Richmond on Jul 12, 2008 at 09:30 PM
    Makes ya wonder how many leaks they don't reveal to the public. Personally, I wish they would hurry and find a solution to ridding the city of these weapons before something worse does come down on all of us. And I don't care what it is, or how much has leaked out there at the depot, even a small amount is entirely too much! How do we know that these leaks aren't actually doing damage to us that they aren't telling us about or warning us about for that matter?


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