Kentucky Chemical Weapons Destruction: 2016 Year in Review

Kentucky Chemical Weapons Destruction: 2016 Year in Review


♪ (music) ♪ Narrator: Preparing to destroy chemical weapons
near Richmond, Kentucky. In 2016, the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction
Pilot Plant, or BGCAPP, focused on systemization… (loud machine) and safety. (equipment rattles) Their mission is to destroy more than 500
tons of chemical agent contained in projectiles and rockets, which have been safely stored
at the Blue Grass Army Depot for more than half a century. With construction substantially complete last
year, BGCAPP entered its third project phase, called Systemization. BGCAPP will use neutralization followed by
supercritical water oxidation to break down chemical agent into water, carbon dioxide
and salts. Workers continue to test equipment and verify
activities to ensure the plant operates safely and efficiently. (blast door opens) Conveyors and doors started moving in the
Munitions Demilitarization Building. Workers performed continuity checks and powered
electrical distribution equipment for the first time. In the Control Room, operators were busy monitoring
signals as workers verified equipment functioned as intended in the field. In the Utility Building, systemization team
members checked the plant’s compressed air system and start-up testing began on the boilers. The Medical Facility opened its doors in April
for full project support. Perimeter air monitoring stations were placed
around the Blue Grass Army Depot as an additional safety measure. Laboratory personnel began testing hydrolysate
samples. And workers began refurbishing enhanced on-site
containers to transport munitions during operations. Training ramped up, too. Workers practiced high-angle rescue…>>Fireman: All right, we’re ready to go.>>Narrator: fire suppression and much more. At the Explosive Destruction Technology – or
EDT – facility, the Static Detonation Chamber was placed and the building went up around
it, as other EDT support buildings were prepared for occupancy. This facility is designed to destroy the mustard
munitions stockpile. With the shift to Systemization, the focus
remained on safety. The project completed more than 7 million
hours without a lost time accident. Now, the Blue Grass plant continues systemization
and testing as it progresses toward the ultimate goal of the safe elimination of the Blue Grass
stockpile while honoring an international pledge to rid the world of chemical weapons. ♪ (music) ♪

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