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International treaty council visits Pueblo chemical weapons destruction facility

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 09, 2019

PUEBLO – Leaders of the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) and program partners welcomed dignitaries from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW,  Executive Council for a two-day tour of the PCAPP facility.

Council members received updates on the progress completed at PCAPP since the last visit to the site in 2015.

“This important visit allows representatives from the OPCW Executive Council to observe the Army’s safe and secure storage of the largest remaining U.S. chemical weapons stockpile and the Army’s support to completing destruction operations in accordance with our International Treaty obligations,” Col. Christopher Grice, U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot Commander, said.

During the visit, U.S. officials restated their commitment to achieving 100%  destruction of U.S. chemical weapons.

Recently, PCAPP announced the destruction of 25% of the agent in Pueblo chemical stockpile toward meeting that goal.

Two U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles remain – one being stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot and the other at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky.