Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant

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By kjfitz @ 2005-07-07 17:14:27
The facility, which is owned by the U.S. Army and operated by a contractor, operated intermittently in 1942-73 to produce bombs, shells, boosters, and mines. It is now in standby status.

The 19-square mile Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant is a U.S. Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command facility. On standby status since 1973, the operation leases 16 square miles of land for agriculture, grazing, and wildlife management activities. The plant was built in 1942 to produce munitions and provide support functions during World War II. It has been in and out of production over the years. The plant consists of five main components: five major production areas where munitions were loaded, assembled, and packed; a fertilizer manufacturer; two major storage facilities; a sanitary landfill; and a burning ground where materials contaminated with explosives were ignited. When the plant was active, staff disposed of wastewater contaminated with explosives into 56 earthen surface impoundments, which were located near the five production areas. Dried solids from the bottom of the pits periodically were scraped and ignited at the burning ground.
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@ 2008-05-20 04:46:05
Correction, this is the NAD, Naval Ammunition Depot which is located just East of Hastings, NE.

Educational/Historical reference video is posted on YouTube, search terms are "Naval Ammunition Depot in Hastings, NE"
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@ 2010-11-05 07:43:04
The other commenter is correct. The Google image is in fact that of the former Blayney Ammunition Depot near Hastings but the text above is describing the Cornhusker Ammo Plant.
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@ 2011-11-10 12:19:43
Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant (CAAP) ceased production in the early 1970s, and was put on active standby status. Since then, it has been disposed of by the Government to the private sector and local governments. It is not a D.O.D asset, and will never be activated as a GOCO (Government owned - contractor operated) plant due to technology advancements and environmental issues.