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

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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.

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant leaders Jeff Brubaker, left, and Ron Hink speak to Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board members during a meeting at Eastern Kentucky University Sept. 14.

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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.

“As of Sept.19, we have successfully processed 148 rounds,” said Greg Mohrman, site project manager, Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program 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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Kentucky Emergency Preparedness Exercise Set for Sept. 21

Several hundred people across ten Kentucky counties will take part in an emergency preparedness exercise related to chemical weapons storage and destruction Sept. 21.

Michael Bryant, director, Madison County Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), handles emergency response communications during the 2015 CSEPP annual exercise.

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First Chemical Weapons Processed in Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant

PUEBLO CHEMICAL DEPOT, Colo. – Officials confirmed processing has begun of the first mustard agent-filled munitions today in the heavily automated facility built to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Technicians check documentation during the first transfer of chemical weapons on Sept. 7, 2016 from the Pueblo Chemical Depot stockpile to the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

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Pueblo Plant Enters Pilot Testing Phase

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

The plant’s filtration system will eliminate the possibility of a release of mustard agent vapors. Only after exhaust air has filtered through nine banks, can it be released to the atmosphere through an exhaust stack. Emissions data will be collected during pilot testing, and throughout operations, to ensure it does not exceed regulatory limits.

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Blue Grass Personnel Start Protective Gear Training

Technicians started preparing to support Explosive Destruction Technology operations by training with specialized protective suits and gear Sept. 12 at the off-site training center’s simulated toxic area.

A Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant munitions handler tries on a Demilitarization Protective Ensemble during a training session. The suit is designed to protect the wearer from chemical agent exposure.

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New Blue Grass Satellite Fire Station Declared Ready for Occupancy

A new fire station constructed on the Blue Grass Army depot is complete and ready for occupancy.

The newly completed Blue Grass Army Depot satellite fire station is ready for occupancy to support the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant facilities. Initial staffing of the new station is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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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
September 28, 2016 at 2 p.m.
District Attorney’s
Conference Room
701 Court St.
Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado Citizens’ Advisory Commission
September 28, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Boone Community Center
421 E. 1st St.
Boone, Colorado
Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board
Dec. 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building
Kit Carson Dr.
Richmond, Kentucky