Army: Disposal of Sarin Containers to Begin Next Spring

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Officials say they expect to begin work next spring to destroy three tanks of deadly nerve agent at Blue Grass Army Depot -- including one that leaked a gallon of liquid in August.

Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program manger Kevin Flamm says the process of neutralizing the nerve agent with chemicals will take 80 days and likely conclude in May. He says the federal government will pay for the operation, which is expected to cost more than $1 million.

Flamm said Friday during a media briefing that the Army determined the proposal was safer than another one that would have used explosives to destroy the agent.

A community advisory board will hear the proposal Friday afternoon in Richmond.

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