Disposal of mustard ton containers resumed shortly before midnight Tuesday at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) after an annual maintenance outage of the facility's Metal Parts Furnace (MPF).

In accordance with the facility's Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) permit, the facility will operate at 50 percent of the permitted Agent Trial Burn rate while officials from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) analyze data from the test burns.

The ATB was completed on June 27 and the MPF outage began June 28. Prior to the maintenance outage, 374 mustard ton containers had been destroyed or 14.2 percent of UMCD's agent stockpile.

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