Colorado depot resumes chemical-weapons destruction

Last week, the U.S. resumed destruction of chemical-weapons stockpiles in Pueblo, Colorado. | Courtesy of PEO ACWA
After a three-year hiatus, the U.S. resumed the destruction of remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons last week at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado.

Crews from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center began by puncturing canisters filled with mustard gas within an Explosive Destruction System (EDS). The facility will operate at full capacity by the latter half of this year or in early 2016. Current elimination activity is focused on approximately 1,300 problematic chemical-agent units.

The facility will be charged with the elimination of the bulk of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile, located at the Pueblo Depot. This facility has a sister site at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. Both weapon-destruction facilities are under the auspices of the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA).

"After months of preparation, testing and scrutiny by oversight and regulatory agencies, the Pueblo team (is playing) its part in meeting our nation’s commitment to the 100 percent destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile,” Conrad Whyne, program executive officer, said.

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