Same chemicals believed to have been used in Syrian attack being stored at army depot

Published: Apr. 7, 2017 at 4:45 PM EDT
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The chemicals believed to have been used in the Syrian attack are the same type stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot.

Sarin is one of several toxins stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Those chemical weapons are scheduled to be neautralized in the coming years.

As word of the attack spread across the world, members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were in Madison County touring the depot.

That group is part of a global effort to rid the world of chemical weapons, and includes a treaty that Syria signed off on.

Craig Williams, the director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Working Group, says they've been working with the military as they plan the disposal of those chemicals.

The original plans included incinerating many of those chemical weapons, but that project was scrapped after there was an outcry about those toxins being burned.

Williams says the plan is to neutralize and destroy those chemicals by 2023.