Three public meetings in the Pueblo area during September allowed for discussion of an Environmental Assessment about the proposed installation and operation of three Static Detonation Chambers at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.
“The public meetings offered residents of the communities surrounding the Pueblo Chemical Depot the opportunity to ask questions of subject matter experts from the depot, the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant and the Anniston Field Office, where a Static Detonation Chamber is currently operating,” said Walton Levi, deputy site project manager, PCAPP.
“When a challenge is identified, the Army is required to assess the impact of the proposed solution,” said Leslie Ware, deputy site project manager, AFO. “An Environmental Assessment analyzes and documents the results of the analysis to ensure there are no environmental impacts.”
Ware said the assessment is a reliable indicator of risk to the environment because it covers a wide variety of issues—air quality, human health and environment, noise, water usage, resource usage, environmental justice, impact to socioeconomic resources and ecological resources.
“The meetings were useful to understanding the steps that can be taken to complete the destruction of the stockpile,” said Carla Hendrickson, Pueblo County resident.
Although the meetings have passed, the public comment period runs through Oct. 6. Visit the Environmental Activities at PCAPP page to learn about the Static Detonation Chamber Environmental Assessment or how to submit comments.