COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Progress continues at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) site and includes workforce measures taken in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure their health and to prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives’ message on the COVID-19 situation can be found here: https://www.peoacwa.army.mil/message-on-covid-19/
Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) Facility Update:
- The EDT facility 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: Destruction operations continue.
Main Plant Update:
- The main plant is using neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) to destroy nerve agent munitions.
- Destruction of the first GB agent-filled 8-inch projectile occurred Jan 17.
- This Month:
- Operations continued in accordance with the ramp-up plan.
- SCWO shakedown testing with hydrolysate simulant and surrogate completed.
SDC 2000 Update:
- BGCAPP will use an additional SDC to destroy a portion of the nerve agent munitions, including full rocket overpacks and rocket components.
- This Month:
- Site preparation and utility work continues.
- Foundation for the Personnel Support Building completed.
Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board
June 10, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Eastern Kentucky University
Carl D. Perkins Building, Rooms A and B
4440 Kit Carson Dr.
New to BGCAPP?
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.