In 2018, the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) completed its second year of agent destruction operations, demonstrating personnel, facilities and equipment can process munitions safely and compliantly. A total of 87,401 munition bodies and 510 U.S. tons of mustard agent have been safely destroyed as of Dec. 7, 2018.
Throughout the year, project leaders held discussions with the State of Colorado and local citizens on the use of the Static Detonation Chamber, or SDC, to augment the main plant. The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives studied the advantages of using the SDC. The PCAPP team successfully completed the unboxing of more than 28,000 105mm projectiles, in a process called Baseline Reconfiguration. Additionally, Immobilized Cell Bioreactors resumed treating hydrolysate, the product of the neutralization of mustard agent.
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 Colorado.