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105mm Briefing

Ms. Irene Kornelly (R), Chairperson of the Colorado Citizen’s Advisory Commission , is briefed on the storage of mustard-filled 105 mm projectiles inside a chemical storage igloo, along with staff of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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The U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) located near Pueblo, Colo., is one of nine Army installations in the United States and currently store chemical weapons. PCD stores a stockpile of chemical weapons comprising seven percent of the nation's original chemical materiel stockpile.

Since 1942, the depot’s missions have shifted and expanded, and today the depot’s mission is to ensure the safe, secure storage of the chemical weapons stockpile. Encompassing approximately 23,000 acres, PCD reports to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA).

The U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, known as ACWA is the Department of Defense program responsible for the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile in storage at PCD. Working in partnership with the community, the technology known as neutralization followed by biotreatment was selected in 2002 to destroy the Pueblo chemical weapons stockpile. The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP), is currently under construction near the storage site.

Bechtel Pueblo is the systems contractor that will design, construct, systemize, pilot test, operate and close the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

Safety and Security

The safety of workers, the public and the environment are paramount to the success of the chemical weapons disposal mission. The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA) oversees the secure storage of chemical munitions to ensure that they are safe.

CMA and PCD are committed to the safe and secure storage of the chemical weapons until the stockpile can be eliminated.

Public Participation and Community Relations

PCD and PCAPP work closely with the Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens' Advisory Commission, which serves as a forum for exchanging information about the project, offers opportunities for the public to get involved and represents community and state interests to the Army and Department of Defense.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program works closely with your community and state emergency professionals to develop emergency plans and provide chemical accident response equipment and warning systems.

To learn more about the Army’s chemical weapons disposal mission visit the Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office.

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Pueblo Chemical Depot Chemical Munitions [729KB pdf] 8/8/2012 Pueblo, CO  - The U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) located near Pueblo, Colo., houses a chemical weapons stockpile which comprises approximately 8 percent of the Nation’s original chemical weapons stockpile.

Ensuring Community Safety Through Secure Chemical Weapons Storage at Pueblo Chemical Depot [692KB pdf] 8/8/2012 Pueblo, CO  - Safe and secure storage of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile is an important component of the overall mission of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA).

History of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot [443KB pdf] 8/8/2012 Pueblo, CO  - Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colo., houses a chemical stockpile which comprises about 7 percent of the nation's original chemical materiel stockpile.

Mustard agent detected in depot chemical storage igloo [50KB pdf] 7/24/2012 Pueblo, CO  - A chemical monitoring crew today detected and confirmed the presence of mustard agent vapor inside a chemical storage igloo containing 105mm projectiles during routine chemical operations.

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