On May 5, the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility destroyed its 1,635th mustard agent-filled ton container, leaving 1,000 TCs remaining in inventory. This represents destruction of 62 percent of the HD mustard ton containers and 99.5 percent of the chemical stockpile.
UMCDF is in its 13th and final agent destruction campaign, which began in June 2009.
The UMCDF workforce is to be commended for their steadfast efforts, said Gary Anderson, UMCDF Site Project Manager. Our project schedule estimates completion of the mustard campaign in November of this year."
Steve Warren, project general manager for URS, the company that built and operates the plant, said the facility is running 24 hours a day, and the stockpile is steadily shrinking.