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

BGCAPP FEATURED NEWS:

First Modules Arrive for Blue Grass Explosive Destruction Technology Support Facility

Three modules for the Explosive Destruction Technology Outside Operations Support Facility, or O2SF, arrived at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant April 9.

A worker signs for the delivery of three Outside Operations Support Facility modules to the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant April 12.

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Perimeter Air Monitoring System Installed as Additional Safety Measure at Blue Grass Plant

Workers completed installation of an air-monitoring system in March which places monitors between the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant and the Blue Grass Army Depot installation boundary.

A laboratory monitoring technician opens the door to one of the Depot Area Air Monitoring System perimeter monitoring enclosures.

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Pueblo Plant Workers Train for Improved Safety

Specialists at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant began teaching Trigger Training in April, and the new mandatory training is designed to help identify signs, or triggers, that should lead an employee to stop, ask questions and seek assistance.

Entry Support Area (ESA) tenders practice a toxic area rescue. A recent training exercise, during which an ESA tender lost consciousness, is a case study which will be incorporated into Trigger Training.

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Testing Program Reduces Risk of False Alarms

Near Real-Time monitoring using Miniature Continuous Air Monitoring Systems and Depot Area Air Monitoring System will be conducted in areas of the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant where there is reasonable potential for mustard agent contamination.

A monitoring technician performs a calibration verification of the Miniature Continuous Air Monitoring System at the Pueblo plant. Recently, the Laboratory has been working to reduce the likelihood of false-positive or false-negative alarms.

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Kentucky Governor Signs Blue Grass Plant Waste Code Bill into Law

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law a bill requesting a change to the way Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant process waste will be designated under the state’s waste codes April 6.

Craig Williams, co-chair, Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board, and Rep. Rita Smart, D-Ky., address the Kentucky House regarding House Bill 106. This bill, signed into law by the governor April 6, provides a more realistic designation for wastes from the chemical agent destruction process.

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Heating Technique to Eliminate Residual Chemical Agent

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant will use the Munitions Treatment Unit (MTU) to eliminate residual chemical agent from munitions, employing a heating technique similar to baking a pizza.

The Pueblo plant’s Munition Treatment Units heat munition bodies and mortar baseplates to a minimum temperature of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 15 minutes in order to thermally destroy any residual agent.

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Blue Grass Plant Managers Update U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant leaders met with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell March 23 at Eastern Kentucky University to provide an update on chemical weapons destruction.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, meets with leadership of the Blue Grass Army Depot and Craig Williams, Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board co-chair, March 23 at Eastern Kentucky University to receive updates about depot missions.

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Emergency Preparedness Job Brings Army Veteran Full Circle

After nine years, four states and four assignments, a veteran has returned to Pueblo, Colorado, to coordinate the local Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.

John Riley, Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program coordinator, Pueblo, Colorado.

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Compressed-Air System Testing Underway at Blue Grass Plant

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant systemization team is testing the plant’s compressed air system, which will perform three main functions while the plant is in operations.

A Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant systemization team member checks steps on a compressed-air system test procedures checklist. This system will provide pressurized air for instrumentation, plant air and the plant’s Life Support System.

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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.

About PEO ACWA

Upcoming Public Involvement Meetings

 
Permitting and Biotreatment Utilization Group Meeting
May 25, 2016 at 2 p.m.
District Attorney’s Conference Room
701 Court St.
Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado CAC Meeting
May 25, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Olde Towne Carriage House
102 S. Victoria St.
Pueblo, Colorado
Avondale, Colorado
Kentucky CAC/CDCAB Meeting
June 8, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building
Kit Carson Dr.
Richmond, Kentucky