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Chemical agent disposal facility completes its mission

The federal Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility at the Army’s Pine Bluff Arsenal faded into history Thursday, just over 37 months after eliminating the last remaining chemical munition in an installation stockpile that dated back to World War II.

Only 33 destruction employees to remain by August

In May 2009, the Pine Bluff Arsenal's Chemical Activity (PBCA) and Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (PBCDF) had 1,235 civilian and government employees working to eliminate the chemical weapons stockpile, which the arsenal has maintained since World War II.

Demolition effort continues

The Pine Bluff Arsenal completed the first round Saturday in the demolition of the Chemical Agent Disposal Facility's pollution abatement system. The effort is a part of the closure procedures after completion of the final stockpiled chemical weapons disposal operations in November 2010. Mark Greer, site project manager, said the first phase of the demolition involved the afterburner, scrubbers and pump and the outside stack. The disposal facility has been decontaminated and agent-processing equipment dismantled to prepare for the full-scale demolition through January or February. Closure operations will continue for approximately six months. A subcontractor with experience in explosives was hired to bring down the pollution abatement under the direction of facility's systems contractor, URS Corp. Chemical weapons disposal operations began at the arsenal in March 2005. The fourth and final disposal campaign was completed 23 months ago.

Arsenal children’s event scheduled

The Pine Bluff Arsenal's recreation services will offer a "Kidnastic" tumble class beginning Sept. 17. The class will be held Mondays from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. for $35 a month. The program is open to the public. Details: Call 540-3778.