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Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) systems contractor Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is bringing BGCAPP’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine, known as the Rocket Cutting Machine, to central Kentucky this month.

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News Release: Destruction plant’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine approved for shipment

  1. 1. Destruction plant’s first nerve agent rocketdisassembly machine approved for disassembly machine Destruction plant’s first nerve agent rocket shipmentMay 21, 2012 approved for shipment CONTACT: George RangelFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 859-625-1291 May 21, 2012 CONTACT: George RangelRICHMOND, Ky.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) systems contractor Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is bringing 859-625-1291BGCAPP’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine, known as the Rocket Cutting Machine, to central Kentucky this month.“This is a significant milestone,” said Tom McKinney, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass project manager. “The Rocket Cutting Machine is RICHMOND, Ky. – Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) systems contractor Bechtelspecifically designed for the BGCAPP project. Successfully demonstrating the machine’s capabilities during factory testing providesconfidence the machine will perform is bringing BGCAPP’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine, known as the Rocket Parsons Blue Grass during plant operations.” Cutting Machine, to central Kentucky this month.During BGCAPP plant operations, the remotely-controlled Rocket Cutting Machine will safely separate the rocket motor from the warheadsection. The rocket warhead, which contains the agent and explosive components (energetics), is further processed to destroy thechemical agent and energetics. The machine will resideTom McKinney, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass project manager. “The “This is a significant milestone,” said inside one of the Munitions Demilitarization Building’s (MDB) blast-proof roomsbehind steel-laced concrete walls measuringspecifically 2-feet thick. The MDB is where an automated process will remove the weapons’ Rocket Cutting Machine is more than designed for the BGCAPP project. Successfully demonstratingenergetics and chemical agents for destruction factory testing provides confidence the machine will perform during plant machine’s capabilities during in separate processes. operations.”“This achievement is another indication that we are steadily moving forward to safely destroy the Blue Grass chemical weaponsstockpile,” said Jeff Brubaker, BGCAPP site project manager. “The agent and energetics neutralization equipment and the equipment tothermally decontaminate the remaining metal parts the remotely-controlled Rocket Cutting Machine will safely separate the During BGCAPP plant operations, have already been successfully installed in the plant. The Rocket Cutting Machine isthe first BGCAPP machine built that was specifically designed to take the munitions apart so that the energetics and agent can be safelyremoved for neutralization.” from the warhead section. The rocket warhead, which contains the agent and explosive rocket motor components (energetics), is further processed to destroy the chemical agent and energetics. The machineFollowing a rigorous reside inside one of the Munitions Demilitarization Building’s (MDB) blast-proofWeapons Alternatives (ACWA) will 2-year long fabrication and testing period in Pasco, Wash., the Assembled Chemical rooms behind steel-Program Executive Office recently granted Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass approval to transport the Rocket Cutting Machine to Kentucky forfuture installation in the BGCAPP facility. The testing period alone involved the machine where an automated process will rockets. laced concrete walls measuring more than 2-feet thick. The MDB is dissembling more than 2,600 mock remove the weapons’ energetics and chemical agents for destruction in separate processes.The Rocket Cutting Machine is made of more than 12,000 customized components designed and fabricated by Bechtel Parsons BlueGrass. The machine is the seventh of 11 large pieces of equipment specifically designed, fabricated, and successfully tested ascomponents of BGCAPP’s neutralization followed by supercriticalwe areoxidation moving forward to safely destroy different stages of “This achievement is another indication that water steadily process. The remaining four are at the Bluefabrication or testing at facilities weapons and San Diego, Calif. Brubaker, BGCAPP site project manager. “The agent and Grass chemical in Pasco, stockpile,” said Jeff energetics neutralization equipment and the equipment to thermally decontaminate the remaining metalBGCAPP is being built to safely and efficiently destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons currently in storage at the Blue Grass Army Depot.The plant will destroy havetons of munitions containing installed in nerve agents. Currently, pilot plant construction first BGCAPP 51 parts 523 already been successfully blister and the plant. The Rocket Cutting Machine is the is more thanpercent complete and work is progressing on a variety of facilities take the munitions apart so that the energetics and agent machine built that was specifically designed to to support chemical demilitarization operations. can be safely removed for neutralization.”For more information on the project, please visit the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives website at www.pmacwa.army.mil. -30-
  2. 2. Destruction plant’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine approved for shipment (continued) Following a 2-year fabrication and testing period, the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant’s first nerve agent rocket disassembly machine, known as the Rocket Cutting Machine, is being transported from a shop in Washington state to central Kentucky this month. Construction on the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is 51 percent complete. The large Munitions Demilitarization Building (shown at right) is where the Rocket Cutting Machine will be housed during plant operations in a blast-proof room behind steel- laced concrete walls measuring more than 2-feet thick.

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