Anniston SDC to support Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Plant's mission

A staff member of AECOM with the Anniston Static Detonation Chamber to be used at the PCAPP. | Courtesy of PEO ACWA
The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) reported Monday that the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) will receive support from the Anniston Static Detonation Chamber (SDC).

This piece of equipment will be dismantling components that have been removed from munitions at the PCAPP. These components will not have been contaminated by chemical materials.

The SDC is housed at the Anniston Army Depot, Alabama, and is operated by the Anniston Field Office (AFO).

“This effort will benefit the PCAPP project because increased feed rates will result in reduction in schedule and cost to process the PCAPP energetics,” Leslie Ware, AFO's deputy project manager, said.

Currently, staff at the AFO are evaluating the process of receiving shipments of the components for any concerns and potential problems that could arise. The facility will also undergo an inspection from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This inspection will report on the facility’s accuracy in the verification process and other areas.

The SDC is capable of generating approximate 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit in order to facilitate the detonation of explosive materials.

“Anniston is uniquely prepared to support the Pueblo mission because we have processed over 100,000 munitions or energetic components through the SDC,” SDC Plant Manager Will Leslie said.

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