More leaking rockets found at Ky. base

June 16, 2005 at 9:57 PM
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RICHMOND, Ky., June 16 (UPI) -- Two more rockets stored at a Kentucky Army depot have been discovered to be leaking the deadly nerve gas sarin.

Army officials say the leaks at the Blue Grass Army Depot do not pose a threat to the public, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Richard Sloan, a spokesman for Blue Grass Chemical Activity, said all 76 leaking rockets have been placed in leak-proof containers called overpacks.

Blue Grass in Richmond has become a storehouse for aging chemical weapons. Craig Williams, head of the watchdog group Chemical Weapons Working Group, said the number of leaks does not appear to be increasing, but he believes it is time to find a permanent way to get rid of the weapons.

Kentucky politicians agree.

"This just emphasizes the need to get these chemical weapons cleaned up as soon as possible," Republican Sen. Jim Bunning said in a statement.

Sarin was the gas used in a deadly terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway.

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