Bechtel has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense over the last several decades to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile before September 2023 as part of the Chemicals Weapons Convention.
Using neutralization and bio-treatment technology, automation, and static detonation chambers, the Bechtel team has safely processed munitions at several different sites.
In July of 2023, the Bechtel-led team at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant destroyed the final munition in the U.S. stockpile.
Bechtel’s Long History in Chemical Demilitarization
Though never used by the United States, chemical weapons were stockpiled at a number of U.S. Army bases during and after World War II. Since the 1980s, Bechtel has had an active role in U.S. chemical demilitarization projects and international efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.
With the completion of the destruction of the stockpiles in Kentucky and a sister plant in Colorado, along with previous projects in Alabama and Maryland, Bechtel has safely eliminated nearly 5,000 tons of chemical weapons rockets, artillery rounds, mortar shells and cannisters at four of the nine original U.S. storage depots.