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Lamborn, Boebert tour Army's Chemical Depot in Pueblo

 

Last updated 2/16/2021 at 4:22pm

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U.S. Representatives Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn participated in a tour of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot last week.

Last week, U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) joined U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Readiness, for a tour of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD). The PCD is responsible for the safe and secure storage and destruction of the nation's chemical weapons stockpile. 

After the tour, Boebert and Lamborn issued the following statements: 

"The Pueblo Chemical Depot plays a critical role in fulfilling international treaty obligations," Boebert said. "This state-of-the-art facility places a premium on safety. The Depot is also an important employer for Pueblo. I want to thank Colonel Cobb and his team for this incredible tour. I was also thrilled to be joined by my friend and the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Readiness Doug Lamborn. His subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Depot and his attendance today demonstrates that it is a priority." 

"I had the honor of touring the Pueblo Chemical Depot with my colleague and friend, Representative Boebert," Lamborn said. "As the Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees our nation's depots, I was grateful for the opportunity to witness how the outstanding team at the PCD successfully executes the handling, storing and processing of our nation's chemical weapons stockpile. This Depot stands at the intersection of defense and public lands issues. I look forward to working closely with Congresswoman Boebert on these issues, which are crucial to the state of Colorado."

The PCD, which reports to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA), is one of two remaining Army installations in the United States that stores chemical weapons.

Today, the Depot ensures the safe, secure storage of the chemical weapons stockpile until it is destroyed.

The chemical stockpile is comprised of 2,600 tons of mustard agent in approximately 780,000 munitions.

In 2004, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP). Construction was completed in 2012, and testing of all systems began. On Sept. 7, 2016, processing started at the PCAPP Main Plant. 

Looking ahead, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently engaged in ongoing environmental remediation of known burial sites at PCD – to return the land to public use for the citizens of Colorado.

The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is one of the Pueblo County's largest employers with approximately 1,590 employees and a projected payroll to date of nearly $2 billion.

 

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