Community Gets Blue Grass Plant Update, Glance Ahead

A member of the audience studies the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Year-in-Review presentation during the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board quarterly public meeting Dec. 9.
A member of the audience studies the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Year-in-Review presentation during the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board quarterly public meeting Dec. 9.

Members of the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB) looked back at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant’s (BGCAPP) 2015 accomplishments during a quarterly meeting Dec. 9.

“Reaching construction complete was a huge team effort,” said Jeff Brubaker, Army site project manager, BGCAPP. “You’ll be hearing ‘test, test, test’ for the next few years now.”

Project leaders also discussed the Control Room moving to 24/7 operations; factory acceptance testing and arrival of the Static Detonation Chamber; arrival of inert munitions known as Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Test Equipment; public involvement activities; and economic impact statistics.

“I’m very impressed,” said Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor, co-chair, CDCAB. “This is something to be proud of.”

Group members also received a glimpse of 2016 initiatives, such as the start-up of boilers in the Utility Building. This equipment will heat water and generate steam to support heating, ventilation and process operations, said Ron Hink, project manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. The new year will also bring the start-up of the Standby Diesel Generators to provide back-up power in the case of an outage.

”2016 is shaping up to be a year full of accomplishments,” said Hink. “But our focus firmly remains on the safety of our workforce, community and environment.”

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