Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Facility Update:
- The EDT is using a Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) to destroy the mustard agent munitions.
- The first mustard-agent projectile was destroyed in the EDT June 7, 2019.
- This Month: Technicians collected samples and data for a test of the EDT emissions system.
Main Plant Update:
- The main plant is using neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) to destroy nerve agent munitions.
- Nerve-agent destruction operations began Jan. 17 with the processing of the first GB agent-filled 8-inch projectiles.
- This Month: The SCWO systemization demonstration procedure was completed successfully.
SDC 2000 Update:
- The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant will use an additional SDC to destroy a portion of the nerve agent munitions, including full rocket overpacks and rocket components.
- This Month: Site work began Jan. 22 with the surveying of the site for storm drains and underground utilities and the location of underground duct banks.
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.