NRC releases PEO ACWA study

Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program Executive Officer, Conrad Whyne
Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program Executive Officer, Conrad Whyne | Courtesy of PEO ACWA

The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) announced on Monday that the National Research Council (NRC) has released a study on hydrolysate treatment.

This study aimed to review the criteria of treatment of chemical weapons and byproducts at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Plant in Colorado. The research team found that the facility is able to perform, but they also state that newer applications of technological combinations are cause enough to develop backup plans, in the event those should fail. 

“We appreciate the thorough and thoughtful analysis conducted by the NRC committee,” Program Executive Officer, Conrad Whyne, said. “And we will continue to review their findings and recommendations.”

Hydrolysate is a byproduct of chemical weapons neutralization. In this preliminary study, the treatment efforts will remain in effect until other decisions are made, scheduled once the second study is completed at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Facility, which is set to be released in the summer.

"The Pueblo and Blue Grass communities, regulators and other interested parties will continue to be involved in these studies as they progress,” Whyne said. “We will meet our commitments to the communities near the destruction facilities, while working together to be proactive about ensuring future operational effectiveness.”

Both studies where commissioned by the PEO ACWA to improve contingency planning for the chemical treatment facilities that handle chemical weapon neutralization.