Two days ago, Al Jazeera America
published a fascinating look
at the mission to destroy the remaining 10 percent of the country's chemical weapons, 6.2 million pounds worth. The job began in 1990 on Johnston Atoll
, and, $35 billion later, will be finished in Kentucky and our very own Pueblo.
This all takes place inside plants that have blast walls, warning sirens, shelter-in-place equipment and ventilation systems that would contain the spread of chemical agents in the event of a leak. Nearby emergency responders undergo training to respond to any potential mishaps dealing with a chemical weapon.
Seven of these plants have been built and completed their missions. The final two are Colorado's Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (slated to open in 2015 and finish destruction by 2019) and Kentucky's Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (projected to open in 2020 and finish weapons destruction by 2023).
The below video gives a pretty good idea of what will take place.