The project is moving along on time, according to Tim Blades of ECBC (Edgewood Chemical Biological Center) who leads the unit operations at the depot.
"Things are going well and we are meeting all of our treatment goals," Blades
is essentially a sealed box that allows operators to manually drain the contents of a ton container into a self-contained neutralization reactor.
The waste temporarily will be stored at the depot, then a contract will be formed with a commercial facility to have them provide appropriate disposal.
"I'm pleased with the progress made thus far," Blades
"With the start up of any new operation, there are going to be issues, but hopefully very few unforeseen events," Blades
Army teams including members from the ECBC
, the Blue Grass Chemical Activity, the Blue Grass Army Depot and Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, are involved in the destruction effort, with cooperation and oversight from local and state government agencies and daily oversight from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Visit www.pmacwa.army.mil/ky/swift_solution.htm for previous advisories and additional information.
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