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From Cars to Chemicals, BGCAPP Engineer Driven to Protect Environment

As an environmental engineer, Steve Ramsey is one of a group of people whose overall focus is on the integration of science and engineering principles with human interaction with the environment.As an environmental engineer, Steve Ramsey is one of a group of people whose overall focus is on the integration of science and engineering principles with human interaction with the environment.

Steve Ramsey was at a crossroads. As a 15-year veteran of the automotive industry, he could have continued his career and retired knowing he had helped fuel the nation’s transportation system. But Ramsey wanted to be involved in something even bigger – the mission to destroy the chemical munitions stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot since World War II.

So Ramsey followed the Blue Grass project, watching and learning and paying attention. He thought his skill set was perfect for the job. He decided he wanted in, and he has now been with the project for six years.

“It’s the uniqueness of what we are doing,” Ramsey, an environmental permitting engineer, explained. “There are not many people doing what we do here, and it’s a great opportunity to be a part of something of this magnitude.”

The Blue Grass environmental team is broken into three smaller subgroups: permitting, compliance and waste management.

“My focus is on permitting,” Ramsey said. “We work on permit acquisition and updates, and are involved with all subcontractor teams to ensure compliance with permit conditions as new activities and tasks are incorporated. The Explosive Destruction Technology project is big for us right now. Once the process is determined, we have to understand it and the equipment, and prepare the permit applications to appropriately modify existing permits.”

Ramsey knows his job here won’t last forever. It will end after the chemical munitions are destroyed. But he knows that the legacy left by the project will include a healthy environment that he has played a role in protecting.

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