Efforts Continue to Bring Plant Back Online

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Off-gas Treatment System treats gases from systems in the toxic area and destroys mustard agent through oxidation.
The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Off-gas Treatment System treats gases from systems in the toxic area and destroys mustard agent through oxidation.

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant crews continue working to bring the plant back online, after experiencing downtime with systems in buildings that process chemical weapons.

“The Off-gas Treatment System is now at a point where preparations can be made to process spent decontamination solution in the Agent Neutralization Reactors,” said Heather McCrory, assistant operations manager, PCAPP.

In November, the OTS, which treats gases from systems in the toxic area and destroys mustard agent through oxidation, experienced a system failure – a breakdown with no release of chemical agent.

Maintenance, Waste and Operations crews have resumed Demilitarization Protective Ensemble entries in the Agent Processing Building to complete Resource Conservation and Recovery Act inspections and maintenance work orders, McCrory said.

“The shift crews, with backing from engineering and support organizations, have done an outstanding job getting us up and running and back into making toxic area entries, safely and compliantly,” McCrory said.

Although it will be a few weeks before agent processing resumes, McCrory said excellent progress is being made.

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