LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tensions between the U.S. and Syria will bring extra scrutiny to an annual exercise run by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, or CSEPP.
Those who in live in Richmond, Ky. are used to the weapons being nearby; which is especially true for Donna Williams.
Donna lives right across the street from the Blue Grass Army Depot where the military stores 90 tons of deadly nerve gas.
“It’s just a normal everyday thing,” said Williams.
On Wednesday morning her town will take part in a multi-county exercise that simulates an accident at the depot. Hospitals, the school system, and city officials will pretend a large cloud of sarin gas, the same agent launched on civilians in Syria, is floating out of the base and over their city.
“In my opinion, if it leaks – I don’t see how they’re gonna evacuate everybody,” said Williams.
Mayor Jim Barnes feels the opposite, and considers the exercise extremely important as the weapons age.
“To me, living here is just as safe as getting my car and driving,” said Williams.
We will bring you more information Wednesday.