PEO ACWA reports progress at Blue Grass facility

Construction at the Blue Grass Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. | Courtesy of the PEO ACWA

Progress on the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant’s Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) site was reported Friday by the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA).

According to the report, the structural foundation and shell for the EDT has been placed. Upon completion, it will contain the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC), which will play a key role in the elimination of mustard gas weapons at the facility’s stockpile. This portion of the facility will also the capacity to house munitions units that have been taken out of storage to initiate the dismantling process. Construction of this facility began in Oct. 2015.

Tonita Goodwin, industrial development director for the City of Richmond, Kentucky, noted the facility’s progress. She also serves on the state’s Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board.

“There has been so much progress made, where it used to just be a parking lot,” Goodwin said. “It’s good to see construction going on for this project -- now the main plant construction is done -- and to keep people employed here through building this facility.”

The PEO ACWA stated that the next step is to build the concrete roof over the building.

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