The first day of Integrated Facility Demonstrations at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant resulted in the best throughput in a 24-hour period since pilot testing began in September 2016.
“We had a great day,” said Kim Jackson, plant manager, PCAPP. “The plant is running extremely well, and our seasoned employees are performing above expectations.”
Jackson said 780 munitions were processed in the Agent Processing Building as all 10 processing systems ran simultaneously.
The demonstrations are being conducted to establish maximum feed rates and to collect and verify emissions. During the first five-hour run on Nov. 13, a low flow alarm caused a brief pause in processing.
“This was not unexpected, as this is the purpose of emissions testing,” said Jackson. “What we did experience was great team work and a coordinated ability to respond to issues that occurred before and during the run.”
The final number of chemical weapons destroyed at the facility is verified and reported weekly.