SALT LAKE CITY -- The manager of the U.S. Army chemical weapons incinerator in Tooele County says he's "100 percent confident" that a high-tech incinerator brought to Utah to blow up corroded chemical munitions will work as expected, and won't harm to people or the environment.
Jim Grgich tells the Deseret News of Salt Lake City the 80-ton detonation chamber built by Kobe Steel of Japan will be used at Utah's Deseret Chemical Depot to dispose of about 300 artillery shells and mortar rounds that contain mustard agent.
The newspaper reported Friday the plan needs final approval from state and federal agencies.
The containment unit and elaborate filtration system is dubbed DAVINCH, short for the Detonation of Ammunition in a Vacuum Integrated Chamber.
Testing is planned this summer, with detonations in September.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com