On July 7, 2023, the Department of Defense announced the last chemical weapon at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) in Kentucky was safely destroyed. The munition was an M55 rocket containing GB (Sarin) nerve agent. It was the last munition in the U.S. stockpile of chemical munitions. With this accomplishment, the U.S. met the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty. The commitment date as specified in the treaty was September 30, 2023.
Dan Maloney, President of DETech, stated “Destroying the last chemical weapon in the U.S. stockpile is a historic accomplishment and one that should be celebrated by every American. DETech is proud to have been part of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) team for the past 22 years.”
DETech began supporting the U.S. CSEP Program in 2001. Initially, DETech provided chemical hazard analysis expertise to the seven chemical weapons storage locations in the contiguous United States. That support grew to include full-scale exercise coordination, After Action Reports, training, and meteorological data support. The work will continue until CSEPP is complete and the U.S. Army’s Surety mission is met, to help safeguard BGAD and the surrounding communities.