Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Facility Update:
- The first mustard-agent projectile was destroyed in the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) June 7, 2019.
- As of July 19, the SDC has destroyed 0.3% of the chemical weapons stockpile in Kentucky.
- Operations continue in accordance with the ramp-up plan. Workers are fine-tuning equipment and processes as they progress through the plan.
Main Plant Update:
- Systemization and optimization of the facility is underway. Systemization encompasses the planning, technical work, training and testing activities required to ensure that once destruction operations begin, the plant runs safely and smoothly. Once systems have been turned over to the operations team, optimization helps fine-tune and adjust them for their best performance.
- Nerve-agent destruction operations are expected to start in late 2019, using neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation.
- Recent accomplishments:
- Testing of Agent Neutralization Reactor batch sampling and processing ongoing
- Demilitarization Protective Ensemble certification and practice entries continue
Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board
Sept. 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building, Rooms A and B
4440 Kit Carson Dr.
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The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is a state-of-the-art facility safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile currently in storage at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky. A Static Detonation Chamber is currently being used to destroy the mustard agent stockpile. The main plant will use neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation to destroy the nerve agent stockpile. The safety of the workforce, as well as of the neighboring communities, is the project’s most important priority.