COLUMBUS, OH., 8 May, 2013—Battelle recently was awarded a key contract in its ongoing efforts to help rid the country of chemical weapons.
In April, Bechtel National, Inc., awarded Battelle’s Demilitarization Business Unit a $76 million contract to support systemization activities at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent- Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, Kentucky.
Under the five-year contract Battelle will provide science and technology services, agent air monitoring, and laboratory services to support the chemical weapons demilitarization plant during the final phases of its construction and readiness preparation. Battelle will employ more than 150 staff supporting a 24/7 schedule.
Battelle has been an integral part of demilitarization operations throughout the country, supporting similar Army programs located in Alabama, Colorado, Maryland and Utah. The only remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons in the U.S. inventory are located at the Pueblo Chemical Army Depot and Blue Grass Army Depot and Battelle provides services to both of those demilitarization facilities.
“We’re pleased to begin this latest chapter in our country’s important effort to rid the world of chemical weapons stockpiles,” said Dan Taylor, vice president and general manager of Battelle’s Demilitarization business. “We look forward to using our proven sound science and safe operating practices as we tackle this effort.”
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