Meetings to discuss the Environmental Assessment for the proposed installation and operation of Static Detonation Chambers at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot are scheduled for early September in Avondale, Boone and Pueblo, Colorado.
“The purpose of the meetings is to provide a forum where information and associated evaluated options contained within the EA can be discussed with local citizens,” said Walton Levi, deputy site project manager, Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. “The preferred option is the addition of three SDCs to primarily process the 4.2-inch mortars from the PCD stockpile.”
While the Pueblo plant is safely and efficiently eliminating the chemical weapons stockpile, there are a limited number of munitions that cannot be processed through the plant, including 4.2-inch mortar rounds, overpacked leakers and plant rejects, said Levi.
To meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and federal regulations, an EA was conducted to evaluate potential environmental impacts, including land use, air quality, water resources, human health and safety, ecological resources, socioeconomic resources, environmental justice, noise, waste management and resource consumption, Levi said.
“We anticipate the public meetings will create an informed public that understands what information is present in the EA and why we need to implement the proposed actions,” said Levi.
The meetings are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
- Wednesday, Sept. 5: McHarg Park Community Center, 405 2nd Lane, Avondale, Colorado
- Thursday, Sept. 6: Boone Community Center, 421 E. First St., Boone, Colorado
- Friday, Sept. 7, Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office, 104 W. B Street, Pueblo, Colorado