Army Resumes Destroying Chemical Weapons Stored in Southern Colorado

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:41 AM PT — Thurs. June 14, 2018

The U.S. Army is back to destroying outdated chemical weapons at a Colorado facility after it was forced to shutdown the plant last year for repairs.

On Wednesday, officials announced the automated $4.5 billion plant began a gradual restart this week.

The plant — located in southern Colorado — is destroying more than 700,000 decades-old shells containing 2,500 tons of liquid mustard gas.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, a remotely controlled robot handles an inert simulated chemical munition during training at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado. The Army announced Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the depot had resumed destroying decades-old shells containing liquid mustard agent this week. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A series of problems, including a leak in the storage tank, forced the plant to close down last September.

The site manager said it could take up to 60 days for the plant to return to full operation.

The U.S. government has agreed to eliminate all its chemical weapons under an international treaty.