• Automated Destruction of Chemical Weapons Begins at Pueblo0

    Following a ribbon-cutting at Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., last week for a munitions destruction plant, officials say they are on track to begin the production-line destruction of one of America’s last stockpiles of chemical weapons.
    “It’s the beginning of the end of the mission,” said John Riley, director of Pueblo County’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. Over the next four years, workers will destroy nearly 780,000 chemical shells filled with mustard gas …

  • Pueblo Chemical Depot Reuse Plan Focuses on Manufacturing, Logistics, Storage

    Pueblo Chemical Depot Reuse Plan Focuses on Manufacturing, Logistics, Storage0

    Almost half of the 15,850 acres the LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot is responsible for developing would be devoted to industrial uses, including manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, under the draft redevelopment plan released for the central Colorado site last month. Other primary uses would include R&D, education, agricultural research, renewable energy production and open space. Industrial uses would take advantage of the depot’s central location, existing road and rail networks, and its 600-plus storage igloos. “This is where the fun part begins,” PuebloPlex CEO and President Russell DeSalvo said at a public meeting. “This has the potential over time to expand our real estate base, our economy and our property tax base …

  • Pueblo Chemical Depot Marks Start of Weapons Destruction0

    Officials at Pueblo Chemical Depot held a ceremony last week to mark the beginning of a five-year effort to destroy 780,000 mustard gas shells at the central Colorado facility. The ceremony follows several decades of planning and testing equipment to render the weapons harmless. The depot’s main plant began testing in 2010 to ensure the automated system that relies on robots works properly, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. “For more than 25 years, the citizens of Pueblo have waited for the day when we could say the chemical weapons at the depot are being destroyed,” said Irene Kornelly, who heads the depot’s citizen’s advisory committee. The depot is scheduled to begin destroying its stockpile, which represents most of the nation’s remaining chemical weapons, in the fall and finish in 2019. The $3.5 billion destruction program employs nearly 1,000 workers.

  • With Stockpile Destruction Complete, Anniston Officials Worry about Job Loss0

    Last week’s announcement that the Army had finished destroying chemical weapons stored at Anniston Army Depot was good news for the government and the community, but it also forces local officials to consider the future of almost 1,000 workers employed at the incinerator. Most of those jobs are safe for now, as workers decontaminate and destroy portions of the incineration complex …