Pueblo Chemical Depot Plans To Use Explosives To Destroy Munitions

By: Kristin Haubrich/AP Email
By: Kristin Haubrich/AP Email
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

The federal government says no significant environmental damage would occur from the use of explosives to destroy munitions like mustard gas at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.

The Army said Monday it intends to use the explosives to destroy problem chemical munitions that cannot be processed by automated equipment in the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. The technology is called Explosive Destruction Technology and destroys the munitions inside special containers in a building that is currently under construction.

"The explosions take place in hardened vessels, so there's no chance of any mustard agent or any vapors being exposed to the environment or the community,” said Tom Schultz, a spokesperson for the depot.

"The biggest concern for me is that it's done in a safe manner, you know ten years from now we don't suddenly have a rise in birth defects" Nancy Rowe, who lives nearby.

The depot contains 2,600 tons of mustard agent awaiting destruction under an international treaty. A plant to neutralize the agent is under construction on the depot grounds.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166194306 - kktv.com/a?a=166194306
Gray Television, Inc.