U.S. officials are seeking permission to blow up mustard blister agent munitions inside sealed containers in Kentucky, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.
The military must obtain an alteration to its operating license before it can destroy the mustard rounds by explosion at the Blue Grass Army Depot, the newspaper said on Thursday. The weapons contain congealed chemical agent that precludes mechanical dismantlement as an option for eliminating them.
Officials plan to address inquiries and invite feedback on the mustard-agent destruction plan at a public discussion slated for Monday at Eastern Kentucky University, according to the Herald-Leader.
The United States has already eliminated the bulk of its chemical arsenal as a condition to its membership in the Chemical Weapons Convention. Last month, depot personnel began separating 44 projectile engines from their nerve-agent warheads using specially designed equipment, the Richmond Register reported.
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