The United States is close to wrapping up assembly of a $1.6 billion site intended to eliminate chemical warfare substances and munitions stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado, the Pueblo Chieftain reported on Friday.
Testing of the technology to be used by the chemical neutralization facility would begin following completion of construction. Elimination of 780,000 mortars and artillery munitions and 2,611 tons of mustard blister agent is anticipated to start in 2015 and to wrap up in 2019.
“We’re seeing a really innovative design-build project,” Representative Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) stated following a Thursday trip to the Pueblo Chemical Depot. “There will be potential jobs for Pueblo as it comes online over the next few years. The project is very well thought out.”