URS Completes Destruction of World's Single-Largest Stockpile of Chemical Weapons in Utah
SAN FRANCISCO, CA —
February 14, 2012 —
URS Corporation announced that it completed the destruction of the world’s single-largest stockpile of chemical weapons at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF) in Stockton, Utah.
URS has been working alongside U.S. Army counterparts at the TOCDF site since ground was broken for the facility in 1989. Operations began in 1996 to destroy rockets, bombs, projectiles and mortars full of both nerve and blister agents, which accounted for 43 percent of the U.S. chemical weapons repository. In total, more than 1.1 million explosive, non-explosive munitions, and bulk containers containing more than 13,600 tons of the chemical nerve agents were safely destroyed. The safety record at the facility is also impressive. The safety record – recently recognized as one of the best in the United States by the National Safety Council – has accumulated 13.7 million consecutive man-hours without a single lost workday injury. This impressive run started in 2005 with a workforce of 1,200 URS and subcontractor employees.
Randall A. Wotring, President of Federal Services for URS, said: “This accomplishment marks a significant achievement for URS and the U.S. Army’s Deseret Chemical Depot, which have been working together towards this goal for over a decade. These operations were completed ahead of schedule and with an outstanding safety record, underscoring URS’ expertise in operating and maintaining high-hazard facilities across the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive reduction (CBRNE) industry.”
URS Corporation is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The Company offers a full range of program management; planning, design and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance; construction and construction management; operations and maintenance; and decommissioning and closure services. URS provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial and commercial, and federal projects and programs. Headquartered in San Francisco, URS Corporation has more than 47,000 employees in a network of offices in more than 40 countries (www.urs.com