Congress Approves Chemical Weapon Disposal Bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Congress has given final approval to a bill that would speed up the disposal of chemical weapons.

Included is language inserted by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell that would set a 2017 deadline to destroy chemical weapons stockpiled at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond.

A large cache of mustard gas, sarin and VX have been stored for decades at the depot about 20 miles southeast of Lexington. The bill includes an extra 28 million dollars for cleanup efforts at the storage facility.

The weapons will be destroyed by chemical neutralization, followed by secondary treatment on site.

The bill now goes to President Bush.

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