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Low levels of mustard agent vapor were detected in an igloo Monday morning at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County, officials said.
At this time, the leak poses no danger or risk to the residents of Madison or surrounding counties, a news release from Blue Grass Chemical Activity said.
The vapor was detected inside an igloo containing 155mm projectiles. The vapor was discovered during routine monitoring.
Toxic-chemical workers have connected a 1,000-cubic-feet-per-minute filter to the rear vent of the igloo. Ambient outside air is drawn in the front vent, through the length of the igloo, and out the rear vent into filters that capture all agent particles. This prevents any agent from escaping into the atmosphere.
Madison County Emergency Management and the state Kentucky Division of Emergency Management were notified about the vapor leak Read more here: www.kentucky.com...=cpy
Once the leak or leaks are identified, the 155-millimeter projectiles that are affected will be stored in packed containers to limit the risk of future leakage
Earlier this month, the depot announced it had detected a second vapor leak in less than a year of sarin, a far deadlier weapon housed in the storage igloos. While the sarin leaks were contained, including a more serious one last August, the Army is planning to use a mobile destruction unit to dispose of the sarin canisters by year's end
Published July 29, 2008