Lessons learned from the installation and testing of the Blue Grass Static Detonation Chamber are proving beneficial to Pueblo plant staff as they plan to use the units to augment the Colorado facility.
“We’re sharing information with the Pueblo plant every two weeks,” said Terry Staggs, plant support specialist, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. “We’re identifying improvements for their SDCs based on our experiences with our own.”
The improvements include items such as larger input cabinets, a separate room for an air compressor and changes to the camera system, Staggs said. These things will help make the Pueblo process smoother as they plan to destroy overpacked, plant-reject and other problematic munitions.
“We understand our success leads directly to their success,” Staggs said. “This is one of our primary goals.”
Blue Grass plant staff previously benefited from the experiences of the Anniston, Alabama, plant staff, with more than 130 lessons learned from the Anniston program. Anniston plant staff secured a chamber in 2010 for its overpacked and problematic munitions and successfully concluded chemical demilitarization operations in 2011.