In July 2019, an ordnance technician at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant moves a155mm projectiles containing mustard agent for processing. The plant has destroyed more than half the original stockpile of projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.
A Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant ordnance technician uses a lift-assist to place a 105mm projectile on a conveyor to start the process of destroying the munition. Over 50% of the more than 780,000 projectiles originally stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot have safely been destroyed.
Workers at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant achieved a significant milestone on April 26 toward their goal of eliminating the chemical stockpile in Colorado by destroying more than half of the mustard agent filled munitions.
“The elimination of more than 50% of the agent-filled projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot is a tribute to the sustained hard work and dedication of the men and women of PCAPP,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP.
With the completion of the first munitions destruction campaign at PCAPP in September 2020, nearly 300,000 155mm projectiles were destroyed. Since the start of the second munitions campaign in December 2020, the plant has eliminated over 90,000 of the 105mm projectiles.
“We reached this milestone because of the amazing workforce and their diligence, hard work and support of the PCAPP mission,” said Kim Jackson, plant manager, PCAPP.
The PCAPP facility uses a two-step destruction process, neutralization followed by biotreatment, as the primary technology to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile in Colorado. Since agent destruction operations began in 2015, the Pueblo team has safely destroyed more than 1,886 U.S. tons of chemical agent. The U.S. stockpile stored at the depot is 72% destroyed by agent contained within three different types of projectiles.