Apr 27, 2010 11:51 AM by David Ortiviz

Meeting today on Army's proposal to blow up weapons

A public meeting will be held this afternoon to talk about the Army's proposal to speed up the destruction of stockpiles at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, by blowing some of them up. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Town Carriage House, 102 S. Victoria Ave in downtown Pueblo.

The Army planned to blow up 1,000 weapons which have leaked or have other problems, but now they want to do the same with 125,000 additional weapons according to the Chemical Weapons Advisory Committee. The committee wants the army to wait. A $3.5 billion plant is being built at the depot to destroy the weapons using a process called water neutralization.

The army would use a mobile explosive destruction system to blow up the weapons one at a time. The army say it's perfectly safe.

By the way, the Citizen's Advisory Commission is also holding a public meeting this week--that one is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McHarg Park Community Center, 409 2nd Lane in Avondale. Jeannine Natterman with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the meeting will cover a number of topics, including updates on permits, construction and the explosive destruction technology proposal.

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