“Safe disposal of Pueblo the stock helps the U.S. government meet its international obligations and eliminate a threat to the community,” said mike costas, Managing Director of Bechtel’s Defense & Space business line. “We are honored to continue this important mission.” The final campaign will be fought in three stainless steel armored ships called Static Detonation Chambers. The electrically heated tanks detonate the munitions to destroy the agent and the munitions components, and the gases are treated by an emission control system.
“After years of hard work and preparation to get the SDC units working, it is gratifying to be on the right track with the destruction of the third and final campaign,” said Todd Wings, project manager, Bechtel Pueblo team. “We make our community safer with every ammunition we destroy.”
In 1997, a presidential directive and ratification of the Chemical Weapons Conventions, an international treaty aimed at destroying chemical weapons, called on all member countries to destroy their chemical weapons and production facilities. Bechtel is leading teams under contract with the executive office of the Pentagon’s program, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives to help United States fulfill its contractual obligations. The remaining weapons are stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado and the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky.
The storage sites of Colorado and Kentucky represent the last 10% of what was originally a national stockpile of more than 30,000 tons of chemical weapons at seven sites. the Colorado and Kentucky the projects used a combination of unique neutralization processes at their main factories and static detonation chambers for problematic munitions.
Both sites are on track to complete the destruction of chemical weapons through the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty commitment of September 30, 2023. US public law mandates the destruction of stockpiles by December 31, 2023.
Upon completion of final operations at the PCAPP, the facility will be shut down and the equipment will be dismantled, decontaminated and removed in accordance with agreements between the state of colorado and the US Army.
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