Bechtel Parsons announced this week that the plant’s construction is 75% complete. However, system installation and testing of all of the systems means that destruction is still on schedule.
It was discussed at last week quarterly meeting about one of the latest safety issues that John Barton, chief scientist and his staff have been working on. Hydrogen Cyanide will form as a gas during the neutralization process. It poses no threat to the general public. The focus is on the safety of the workers in the future once the process starts.to start in 2020, with final destruction in 2023.
Hydrogen Cyanide will form during the neutralization process, when the rocket warheads and propellants are “cooked”. The decision has been made to increase the reactor from 240 degrees to 300 degrees fahrenheit. This will reduce any hazards through contact, inhalation or ingestion. This along with air-monitoring should keep the workers safe.