Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Facility Update:
- As of Dec. 13, the EDT has destroyed 2.63% of the chemical weapons stockpile in Kentucky.
- The first mustard-agent projectile was destroyed in the EDT June 7, 2019.
- Workers continue to fine-tune equipment and processes as they progress through EDT operations.
Main Plant Update:
- Nerve-agent destruction operations are expected to start in early 2020, using neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO).
- Recent accomplishments:
- Supercritical water oxidation reactor brought to supercritical point for first time as part of validation activities
- First shipment of Greater-than-1 Vapor Screening Level waste
- Processing simulant (water) in Agent Neutralization System for operator proficiency
- Processing of test munitions through the Munitions Washout System and Metal Parts Treater to prepare for operations
Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board
March 4, 2020, 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.