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Explosive technology to be used on mustard gas

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - The Blue Grass Army Depot has approved the use of explosive destruction technology to destroy mustard gas munitions.

The Richmond Register reports Commander Col. Lee G. Hudson determined that the move would pose no significant environment impact on the area. Hudson released a report Thursday with the findings.

An environment assessment was required before the Army decided how to eliminate problematic mustard rounds.

An assessment in 2011 found that the mustard agent in several projectiles stored at BGAD has solidified while others had been over-packed and some had leaked.

The United States is required by treaty to destroy its chemical weapons. The destruction process is projected to be completed by 2021.

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