Pueblo plant to safely destroy mustard agent-filled projectiles

A chemical weapons destruction facility in Pueblo started destroying 105mm projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot on Friday as part of its efforts to getting rid of Colorado’s stockpile of U.S. chemical weapons.

This is part of a multinational arms agreement known as the Chemical Weapons Convention to destroy the agents in Colorado and Kentucky, according to a news release.

This is the second campaign by the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, or PCAPP, this time to get rid of 105mm mustard agent-filled projectiles. Workers wrapped up the destruction of about 300,000 155mm projectiles in September without incident, officials said.

“Our team continues to fully support the Pueblo plant in protecting, storing and safely transporting the remaining chemical munitions in Colorado,” said Col. Michael Cobb, depot commander, in the release. “With each pallet delivered for destruction, the risk to the workforce, community and environment is reduced.“

The operations began in Colorado in March 2015 and are expected to continue into 2023.

In addition to the main plant, three additional detonation chamber units are planned in 2021 to get rid of “problematic munitions, including the 4.2-inch mortar rounds,” according to the release.

For more information, call the Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office at 719-546-0400, email [email protected] or go to www.peoacwa.army.mil.

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