Destruction of chemical agent munitions at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant began September 7, 2016 and should be complete in 2020. An Explosive Destruction System (EDS) augments the heavily automated facility and is used to destroy problematic chemical munitions that cannot be easily processed through the main plant. The first EDS campaign lasted from March 18, 2015 to Feb. 11, 2016 and resulted in the destruction of 560 items containing mustard agent not displayed in the count above.The other U.S. chemical weapons stockpile is stored at the Blue Grass Chemical Activity in Kentucky where the Blue Grass Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant is being readied to destroy 523 tons of mustard and nerve agent in rockets and projectiles. Destruction is scheduled to begin at the Kentucky site in late 2017.
The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is responsible for safely destroying the remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles at the Colorado and Kentucky sites. The U.S. must destroy all the chemical weapons it possesses as a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, a multilateral arms control treaty that entered into force in 1997.
For more information, contact the PEO ACWA Public Affairs Office (410) 436-3398.