The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), located at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky, is destroying the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the depot. The team has focused on the safety of the workforce and the public during the coronavirus pandemic, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense to minimize risks to the workforce and local community.
BGCAPP is implementing the vaccine mandate. The government and the systems contractor are working together to reach compliance for contract employees.
BGCAPP Site-Specific COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
The following safety measures have been established at BGCAPP to reduce the risk to the workforce:
- Continued the use of face coverings for unvaccinated personnel that cover the mouth and nose indoors and the use of face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
- Instituted daily health self-screening for employees at the plant and provided on-site screening.
- Established a COVID-19 hotline for employees.
- Provided access to a physician and nursing staff at an on-site medical facility.
- Established an internal contact tracing team.
- Provided sanitizing stations around the plant and encourage frequent handwashing.
- Encouraged use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
- Encouraged physical distancing and occupancy restrictions in conference rooms.
- Provided community stakeholders with project updates through online meetings.
- Continued public participation in the permitting process via electronic means.
- Implemented CDC recommendations with posted health and safety reminders.
These policies will remain in effect until rescinded or otherwise modified by an appropriate authority. BGCAPP will continue to monitor local conditions and consult with appropriate officials and make necessary adjustments to pandemic response and prevention efforts.