In 2017, the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) completed its first year of chemical agent destruction operations, demonstrating personnel, facilities and equipment can process munitions safely and compliantly. In total, more than 40,000 munition bodies and 253 U.S. tons of mustard agent were safely eliminated.
Achievements and activities included the construction of a station used to load wastewater for temporary off-site shipment to the Veolia Environmental Services Hazardous Waste Incinerator, in Port Arthur, Texas. Additionally, technicians continued to unpack munitions through a process called Baseline Reconfiguration. The Biotreatment Area successfully treated hydrolysate, the product of agent neutralization, resulting in salt cakes that were shipped to a permitted disposal facility. Meanwhile, the Pueblo team also faced some operational challenges during 2017. The staff overcame these challenges by enhancing plant systems and procedures.
PCAPP is a state-of-the-art facility that is safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colorado.