Public Comments Open on Pueblo Plant Permit

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant team has applied for a final permit that will govern the treatment of the remaining chemical munitions stockpile in the main plant. “On July 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a draft hazardous waste storage and treatment permit,” said Mike Saupe, environmental manager, PCAPP. “This … Continue reading Public Comments Open on Pueblo Plant Permit

Pueblo Plant Achieves Monthly Processing Record

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant reported its best month ever for processing munitions at the end of June 2020. “We processed 14,126 of the 155mm projectiles in June,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP. “That’s a substantial reduction in the stockpile of aging munitions containing mustard agent.” Obsolete weapons containing HD and HT … Continue reading Pueblo Plant Achieves Monthly Processing Record

Baseline Reconfiguration of 4.2-Inch Mortar Rounds Complete

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant completed baseline reconfiguration of 4.2-inch mortar rounds containing mustard agent June 23. “This milestone signifies we have prepared all the 4.2-inch mortars for destruction in our Static Detonation Chamber units starting later this year,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP. Baseline reconfiguration is the name for a process … Continue reading Baseline Reconfiguration of 4.2-Inch Mortar Rounds Complete

Pueblo Static Detonation Chamber Units Covered, Energized

Complete protective enclosures now surround three Static Detonation Chamber units at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. “These Sprung structures are a visible sign of progress, but that’s only part of the story,” said Dan Williams, SDC project manager. “We also started connecting the SDC site to utility electrical power. This achievement will afford the … Continue reading Pueblo Static Detonation Chamber Units Covered, Energized

Pueblo Plant Resumes Chemical Weapons Destruction

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant resumed destruction operations June 4 after pausing its elimination of mustard agent. “We had to halt processing after it was discovered the B05 system and some of the piping from the Spent Decontamination System tanks to the Agent Neutralization Reactors showed evidence of previous pinhole leaks,” said Kim Jackson, … Continue reading Pueblo Plant Resumes Chemical Weapons Destruction

Shipments Reduce Salt Water Risk to Storage Tanks

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant has begun shipping salt water off site in an effort to relieve the Water Recovery System of a high salt concentration that could potentially damage its tanks. “We’re moving out the inventory of brine to dilute the system,” Kim Jackson, plant manager, PCAPP, told the Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ … Continue reading Shipments Reduce Salt Water Risk to Storage Tanks

U.S. Army Inspectors Give Pueblo Plant High Marks

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant received high marks from a recent Department of the Army Inspector General Chemical Surety Inspection. “They look through safety, operations, accountability, went through our clinic, a lot of our personnel records … and left with a very good report,” said Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP, in a recent … Continue reading U.S. Army Inspectors Give Pueblo Plant High Marks