Chemical weapons destruction testing resumes in Pueblo after November spill discovery

HMN- Officials say they safely resumed their work by destroying 155mm projectiles and chemical weapons, can you imagine this facility is in your first due area? News according to Denver Post .

 

155mm shells moving through the projectile/mortar disassembly system at the Pueblo Chemical agent Pilot plant training area. The neutralization of stockpiled mustard agent has begun at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. September 14, 2016 in Pueblo, CO. Joe Amon, The Denver Post

155mm shells moving through the projectile/mortar disassembly system at the Pueblo Chemical agent Pilot plant training area. The neutralization of stockpiled mustard agent has begun at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. September 14, 2016 in Pueblo, CO. Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Testing operations resumed Monday at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, which has been shut down since problems at the high-cost, hazardous materials site, including a 450-gallon spill and subsequent rainwater leakage, were discovered in November.

Officials say they relaunched their work by destroying 155mm projectiles as part of the first of three campaigns to address hundreds of thousands of mustard agent-filled munitions in the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot stockpile.

“As we return to pilot testing, we do so also knowing that monitoring systems inside the plant are working as designed to protect our workforce,” site project manager Gregory B. Mohrman said in a statement. “This was shown last Thursday when mustard agent vapor was detected during baseline reconfiguration operations. The workforce responded to alarms and the event was handled effectively by our trained personnel.”

 

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