OPCW Executive Council briefed on chemical weapons destruction progress in the United States

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OPCW Executive Council briefed on chemical weapons destruction progress in the United States

Members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council attended a chemical demilitarisation transparency event hosted virtually by the United States of America and held at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague from 21 to 22 March 2022. The event focussed on destruction progress at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) in Richmond, Kentucky.

The United States is in the process of completing the destruction of its remaining chemical weapons stockpiles in line with a decision of the Conference of States Parties. Inspectors from the OPCW monitor and verify destruction progress 24/7.

During the event, American officials provided an overview of the chemical weapons destruction in the United States and details on destruction progress at the BGCAPP. The destruction facility was designated to destroy all nerve agent-filled munitions stored at the Blue Grass Chemical Activity Chemical Weapons Storage Facility.

Topics covered in presentations and discussions included the measures that have been taken to accelerate destruction progress and the technologies used to destroy chemical weapons. Participants were also briefed on the approaches used to ensure the health and safety of people and the environment near the destruction sites including the involvement of the local community in decision making.

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