- The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) is currently transitioning from the destruction of 155mm projectiles to the smaller, lighter 105mm projectiles. The campaign to destroy nearly 300,000 155mm projectiles concluded on Sept. 5. The processing of 105mm projectiles is projected to begin in November.
- The plant’s conversion to processing 105mm projectiles is an approximately 75-day process. Through October, major milestones include demobilization and systemization in the plant’s three Explosion Containment Rooms, installation of new Cavity Access Machines, systemization of the Munitions Washout System and munitions testing with Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA) test equipment.
- On Oct. 14, stakeholders from the Pueblo community toured PCAPP to determine how real property, equipment and facilities could be repurposed following the plant’s anticipated closure in 2023. By February 2021, the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, will submit a report to Congress outlining the program’s equipment and items that could potentially be repurposed. A similar tour also took place at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Oct. 14.
- The Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission (CAC) held a virtual public meeting Oct. 28. PCAPP and PCD staff provided updates on their COVID-19 precautions, project destruction milestones, progress of plant changeover for 105mm campaign, a Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) update, and main plant and SDC permitting activities.
Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission, Permitting Working Group and Biotreatment Utilization Group Meeting
Dec. 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. MDT
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PCAPP is a state-of-the-art facility built to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado. The main plant uses neutralization followed by biotreatment to destroy the mustard agent stockpile. The safety of the workforce and neighboring communities is the project’s most important priority.