The Richmond Register

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August 6, 2012

GB vapor detected in igloo at depot

RICHMOND — Blue Grass Army Depot officials reported Monday that low levels of GB agent vapor were detected in a chemical weapons igloo during recent weekly “headwall monitoring” by a real-time analytical platform. The igloo houses M55 rockets that contain GB nerve agent.

Chemical workers at the depot have connected a 1,000 cubic feet-per-minute filter to the rear vent of the igloo, the release stated.

“At this time, the leak poses no danger or risk to the citizens of Madison or surrounding counties,” the release added.

Such “leakers” in chemical munitions are relatively rare, according to a news release from the Chemical Weapons Alternatives Outreach Office. However, detection, isolation and mitigation of leaking munitions “is a normal part of chemical storage operations,” it stated.

Both state and county emergency management agencies were notified of the vapor leak.

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