Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA)

PUEBLO CHEMICAL AGENT-DESTRUCTION PILOT PLANT

DESTRUCTION PROGRESS AS OF SEPT. 23, 2016*

105mm Projectiles

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476

155mm Projectiles


4.2-inch Mortars

Main plant operations began on Sept. 7, 2016

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*Totals do not include the 549 problematic chemical munitions and 11 bottles containing mustard agent
destroyed by the PCAPP Explosive Destruction System from March 2015 – February 2016.

PCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Rejected Munitions Take Different Route to Destruction

During the course of pilot testing and operations at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, there will be munitions unsuitable for processing by the plant’s automated system.

A Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant ordnance technician lowers a 155mm projectile onto a conveyor and prepares to send it to the Explosive Containment Room where energetics are removed robotically.

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PCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Microbes to Treat Neutralized Chemical Agent Product

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is preparing to use a process similar to that of an industrial wastewater treatment plant to treat the product of its chemical agent neutralization process.

Within the Immobilized Cell Bioreactors, microbes grow as biofilm on packed media, 2-inch polyurethane cube sponges and 3 x 2-inch plastic spacers. In this fixed-film process, bioreactions occur in the biofilm.

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BGCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Test Munitions Delivered for Blue Grass Explosive Destruction Technology Training

Munitions handlers started training with inert projectiles in the Blue Grass Explosive Destruction Technology Service Magazine in September to support upcoming operations.

Munitions handlers place ACWA Test Equipment training munitions in the Blue Grass Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Service Magazine Sept. 1.

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PCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Colorado Chemical Weapons Facility Destroys First Rounds

The first mustard agent-filled munitions were processed through the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Sept. 7.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) staff assists an Avondale resident with a Tone Alert Radio (TAR) during the McHarg Park Community Center Anniversary Celebration. TARs provide residents with a warning and instructions on what to do in the unlikely event of a chemical incident or accident.

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BGCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Blue Grass Plant Leaders Report Testing Phase More Than Halfway Complete

Leaders from the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant reported the facility built to destroy chemical weapons in Kentucky is more than halfway finished with its testing phase, known as systemization.

Munitions handlers place ACWA Test Equipment training munitions in the Blue Grass Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Service Magazine Sept. 1.

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PCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

Pueblo Plant Enters Pilot Testing Phase

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant has entered pilot testing, the phase preceding full-scale operations.

Representatives from regulatory agencies observe as a Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant technician gets sealed into the Demilitarization Protective Ensemble. The evaluations certify the plant, paper and people are ready to start processing mustard agent.

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The PEO ACWA Mission

Headquartered at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, our mission is the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the United States’ last remaining chemical weapons stockpiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky, and the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado.

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Upcoming Public Involvement Meetings

 
Permitting and Biotreatment Utilization Group Meeting
October 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
District Attorney’s
Conference Room
701 Court St.
Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado CAC Meeting
October 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Olde Towne Carriage House
102 South Victoria St.
Pueblo, Colorado
421 E. 1st St.
Boone, Colorado
Kentucky CAC/CDCAB Meeting
December 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building
Kit Carson Dr.
Richmond, Kentucky
EDT Environmental Permitting Public Meeting
December 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building
Kit Carson Dr.
Richmond, Kentucky