The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, or BGCAPP, is safely and efficiently destroying a stockpile of chemical weapons currently in storage at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Utilizing neutralization, the main plant is destroying munitions containing nerve agent. After the neutralization of nerve agent, the resulting product, called hydrolysate, will be shipped to an off-site treatment, storage and disposal facility for processing. During the rocket campaign, the Rocket Warhead Containerization System will assist with destroying drained rocket warheads. Additionally, the Static Detonation Chamber, an explosive destruction technology (EDT), is augmenting BGCAPP’s neutralization technology to destroy approximately 15,000 155mm mustard projectiles in the Blue Grass stockpile, many of which have been found unsuited for processing through the main plant. The current SDC, as well as a larger SDC unit will also augment the main plant to destroy drained rocket warheads and overpacked munitions.
In 2003, the Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team was awarded the systems contract to facilitate the pilot plant through all of the project stages – design, construction, systemization, operations and closure. Operations are underway in the main plant and Static Detonation Chamber. For updates on plant progress, view the BGCAPP Monthly Status Briefings.
The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, known as PEO ACWA, is the Department of Defense agency responsible for managing the destruction of the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile and oversees the Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass contract.