May 31 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission Meeting (2023)

This is the May 31 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission online meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, as well as planning for the closure of the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP). Highlights from the meeting are listed below.

  • At approximately 0:00 the CAC meeting is called to order by Irene Kornelly, chair, CAC.
  • At approximately 1:50 Michael Abaie, Program Executive Officer, ACWA, addresses the CAC. He shares that the Pueblo plant is nearing the complete destruction of all munitions. He shares that the munitions transporters of PCD have delivered the last of the 4.2-inch mortar rounds to the Pueblo main plant and that overpacked rounds will soon be destroyed at the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) complex. He emphasizes that closure planning is well underway and there are tentative arrangements in progress to deconstruct and relocate the SDC units off PCD grounds. He also shares that the End of Operations celebration will occur on Aug. 30, 2023.
  • At approximately 8:30 Sheila Johnson, deputy to the commander, PCD, provides an overview of depot activities, including plans for a final munitions delivery celebration at PCD, changes of responsibilities among staff members and employee transition events.
  • At approximately 11:30 Russell DeSalvo, president and CEO, PuebloPlex, and member, CAC, shares details regarding the transfer of surplus and non-surplus PCD properties and current economic development of grounds already under PuebloPlex jurisdiction. He relates that a preliminary report regarding reuse assessment/opportunities has been completed. A workforce survey was also sent out to assess training needs among the PCAPP and PCD workforce. He shares that another job fair will be held on June 14-15.
  • At approximately 14:32 Julianna Mahr, unit leader, Hazardous Waste Permitting, CDPHE, provides an update on the differences between the PCD, SDC and PCAPP closure permits. She also provides updates regarding permit modifications.
  • At approximately 27:20 Kornelly recounts messaging from Abaie at the request of Velma Campbell, citizen member, CAC.
  • At approximately 29:35 Kornelly asks Mahr to restate the closure permit overview at the next CAC meeting.
  • At approximately 31:01 the Biotreatment Utilization Group (BUG) is called to order by John Norton, citizen member, CAC, and chair, BUG. Patrick Sullivan, environmental manager/field office scientist, PCAPP, provides an update on biotreatment.
  • At approximately 37:00 Todd Ailes, Bechtel Pueblo Team project manager, PCAPP, provides a PCAPP safety update.
  • At approximately 38:20 Kim Jackson, plant manager, PCAPP, provides an update regarding the 4.2-inch mortar round campaign, main plant and SDC processing.
  • At approximately 41:50 Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP, provides an update on stockpile destruction progress, plant closure timeline and closure permit actions.
  • At approximately 44:09 Ailes provides an update workforce transition planning activities, including upcoming job fairs.
  • At approximately 46:44 Levi provides an overview of the media day scheduled for June 8. He continues by sharing an overview of plant closure activities, including closure of the Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office. He also shares information concerning the upcoming End of Operations event.
  • At approximately 51:20 Kornelly asks whether the CAC is on the invitation list for the End of Operations event.
  • At approximately 52:18 Levi provides an explanation of the closure plan status. He explains category descriptions of buildings, facilities and equipment. He explains the difference between closure and demolition and permitted and non-permitted areas.
  • At approximately 59:06 Jackson describes closure activities that will occur in permitted areas. She explains the two-step closure concept.
  • At approximately 1:06:00 Ailes continues explaining specific closure actions as related to permitting and gives an overview of training for the robotic technology that will be used in plant demolition.
  • At approximately 1:11:33 Abaie commends the entire PCAPP team for its work.
  • At approximately 1:14:34 Norton asks whether the Projectile/Mortar Disassembly robotic arms can be decontaminated and reused.
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