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Depot investigates water mishap

There's a problem at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, where they're constructing a plant to destroy the chemical weapons stored there.

A news release says there have been two instances in recent weeks where unfiltered process water was released into a waste water stream.

The Washout Plant is used to remove explosive material from projectiles and land mines. The process forces hot water at high velocity into the round in order to recover the explosive material. The explosives are separated, dried, packaged and then recycled in the self-contained, closed-loop system. The plant is used solely for the purpose of demilitarizing conventional munitions.

At this time, there is no indication that any of the contaminants made it through the treatment plant into the environment.

The washout plant has been closed until investigators can determine exactly how the release happened. Depot officials say they're also looking into how to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.


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