Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP)

Operations Paused at Pueblo Pilot Plant

Posted: Dec. 2, 2016

Two unrelated incidents resulted in a pause of chemical weapons destruction operations at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP).

While neither event posed any danger to the workforce or surrounding communities, they have temporarily affected the operations associated with disassembling the 155mm munitions and subsequent destruction of mustard agent, said Greg Mohrman, site project manager, PCAPP.

On Nov. 20, a seal failure at an agitator located on a 30-day storage tank caused an industrial hazardous waste spill of approximately 450 gallons of hydrolysate, the product of the chemical neutralization process, Mohrman said.

“The staff responsible for spill response performed exceedingly well when the seals allowed hydrolysate to leak into the spill containment sump,” said Mohrman. “Plant activities were immediately paused until the leak was stopped and the spilled wastewater cleaned up.”

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The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant has completed destruction of 8,474 munitions as of November 25, 2016.

PCAPP Overview

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is a state-of-the art facility that is safely destroying a stockpile of chemical weapons stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado.

For more details visit the About PCAPP page.

 

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Permitting and Biotreatment Utilization Group Meeting
December 14, 2016 at 2 p.m.
District Attorney’s Conference Room
701 Court St.
Pueblo, Colorado

Citizens’ Advisory Commission Meeting
December 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Olde Towne Carriage House
102 South Victoria Ave.
Pueblo, Colorado

Featured Video

PEO Conrad Whyne on the Pueblo Plant’s Start of Operations
Published on September 8, 2016

PEO Conrad Whyne on the Pueblo Plant's Start of Operations

 

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