By Richard ArndtJune 1, 2010
DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT, STOCKTON, Utah - Workers safely destroyed the last
explosively-configured mustard agent-filled munition today at the Tooele Chemical Agent
Disposal Facility (TOCDF) located at Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD).
Now that 4.2 inch mortar disposal operations have been completed, only bulk containers
of mustard agent remain to be processed at the disposal facility.
With more than 26,000 safe On-Site-Container (ONC) deliveries to the TOCDF plant,
more than one million munitions destroyed and nearly 90 percent of the original DCD stockpile
eliminated, the Depot Commander feels confident in the abilities of the workforce. "Our DCD
team is dedicated, skilled and well trained," said Col. Gerald L. Gladney. "I couldn't be more
proud of what we have accomplished here today."
Gary McCloskey, vice president and general manager of the TOCDF system contractor,
URS, said, "Our workers did an excellent job during this munitions destruction campaign,
successfully resolving various processing challenges en route to the safe elimination of the
mortars ahead of schedule. I congratulate them."
Following the successful destruction of mustard agent-filled 4.2 inch mortars, TOCDF
Site Project Manager, Ted Ryba, said, "With only bulk containers remaining to be processed, we
will have an opportunity to begin early decommissioning activities." TOCDF officials have
already begun planning for these activities, which include removal of equipment previously used
to disassemble projectiles and mortars and decommissioning of the deactivation furnace system
(used to destroy the explosive components).
Despite making this mark and declaring victory, nearly 350 reject-munitions remain.
These are munitions that could not be processed in the TOCDF and will remain in safe storage
until plans to use an explosive detonation technology inside DCD's adjacent storage area are
complete and ready to address these rounds.