Officials Visit Pueblo Plant, Tour Static Detonation Chamber Site



A reconfiguration control room operator at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant explains plant activities to Terrance McWilliams, Civilian Aide for the Secretary of the Army, Jan. 15, 2020, as Kim Jackson, plant manager, looks on.



Department of Defense and U.S. Army officials and Bechtel and AECOM executives tour the Static Detonation Chamber site at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant on Jan. 15, 2020, as part of the Integrated Process Review.

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant recently hosted military dignitaries and civilian business leaders for a twice-yearly review of chemical demilitarization activities in Colorado.

“We had meaningful discussions about cost and schedule,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP.

The mid-January visit included the biannual Integrated Process Review, which offers an in-depth look at both main plant and Static Detonation Chamber activities.

Terrance McWilliams, the new Civilian Aide for the Secretary of the Army and a senior vice president at the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, was able to tour the site along with Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Bechtel and AECOM officials and executives. In addition to their daylong meeting, the distinguished visitors had an opportunity to tour both main plant and SDC facilities.

Three electrically heated, thermal SDC units are being erected under Sprung structures to augment the automated main plant’s process of chemical neutralization followed by biotreatment to safely eliminate mustard agent before the 2023 deadline.

“IPRs are always a good time to come together and discuss, at a very high level, where we are at with the chemical weapons program in Colorado,” Levi said.

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