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

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP)

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Explosive Destruction System Concludes First Chemical Weapons Destruction Campaign
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The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Explosive Destruction System (PCAPP EDS) successfully concluded its first campaign at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot Feb. 11, 2016. The U.S. Army system destroyed 560 previously overpacked munitions in advance of operations at the main plant, which are scheduled to begin this spring. This initial campaign began on March 18, 2015.

A multi-agency team which included the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, the Joint Program Executive Office, Chemical and Biological Defense, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, successfully eliminated 196 155mm projectiles, 265 105mm projectiles, 88 4.2-inch mortar rounds and 11 Department of Transportation bottles.

The PCAPP EDS will be decontaminated, and all remaining secondary waste products will be disposed of in strict accordance with Colorado state and federal environmental regulations.

There will be a period of destruction inactivity between the end of this first campaign of PCAPP EDS agent destruction operations and the start of the main plant agent destruction operations. In the future, the PCAPP EDS will be re-activated to destroy munitions that are determined to be unsuitable for automated processing in the main plant.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Permitting and Biotreatment Utilization Group Meeting
June 29, 2016 at 2 p.m.
District Attorney’s Conference Room
701 Court St., Pueblo, Colorado

Citizens’ Advisory Commission Meeting
June 29, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Olde Towne Carriage House
102 S. Victoria St., Pueblo, Colorado

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