Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant workers celebrate the destruction of 50% of the mustard agent in the Colorado chemical weapons stockpile on Feb. 26. An April 4 public celebration to mark the milestone has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Control Room operator monitors the processing of a 155mm projectile representing the destruction of 50% of the mustard agent in the Colorado chemical weapons stockpile. An April 4 public celebration to mark the milestone has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A public event to mark the achievement of eliminating 50% of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot mustard agent stockpile by the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant has been canceled.
“Due to increasing travel restrictions and concerns about the COVID-19 or coronavirus, we are taking the precautionary step of canceling our April 4 ‘Salute to Pueblo’s Defense of the Nation: Halfway to Completion’ gathering,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP. “A smaller, private ceremony is being planned to honor those involved in the important work of eliminating chemical weapons from our communities.”
Responding to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.