The Texas-based Southwest Research Institute has announced a mobile treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents without producing hazardous waste. The system comes in two different configurations, one wet and one dry. The dry pollution control process, suited for arid or remote regions, uses a Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed by Southwest Research Institute while the wet pollution system has a stand-alone plasma torch treatment device with a liquid scrubber system. A senior program manager of the institute said that they began development of the soil scrubber system in June 2016.
Being able to fit into a large shipping container, the modular system have undergone initial testing in Canada and is scheduled for testing with authentic chemical agents this year.