EG&G Gets $181.3M to Close CAMDS at Deseret Chemical Depot

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Chemical weapons disposal(click to view full) EG&G Defense Materials, a division of URS Corp., in Tooele, UT received a $181.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phase 2 chemical agent munitions disposal system (CAMDS) closure as well as CAMDS & Deseret Chemical Depot secondary waste and nerve gas tabun (GA)/Lewisite disposal. The US Army’s CAMDS, located at Deseret Chemical Depot, ceased chemical munitions disposal in 2005. Initial closure activities were carried out by the Tennessee Valley Authority, who was replaced by private contractor EG&G Defense Materials. The closure process is currently in phase II, with equipment already removed from the buildings. More detailed closure plans are being written for CAMDS and final closure is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2012… According to a report by the National Academies, the main challenges associated with CAMDS closure stem from its age, its use as a pilot facility, and the site having many interconnected buildings and common utility services whose closure requires careful staging. The report also noted that the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, also located at the Deseret Chemical Depot, is being shutdown as well. Tooele is still active, and expects to continue to destroy mustard gas and ton […]

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