June 7 Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission/CDCAB Meeting (2023)

This is the June 7 Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission (CAC) and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB) in-person and online meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the destruction of chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) near Richmond, Kentucky, as well as planning for the closure of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP). Highlights from the meeting are listed below. Please note, YouTube uses speech recognition technology to automatically create captions; the quality of the captions may vary.

  • At approximately 5:04, Craig Williams, co-chair, CAC/CDCAB, provides opening remarks.
  • At approximately 7:58, Sarah Marko, communications manager, Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office (ORO), follows up on action items from the March 1, 2023, CAC/CDCAB meeting.
  • At approximately 8:22, Dr. James Watson, deputy program executive officer, PEO ACWA, provides remarks.
  • At approximately 11:28, Williams provides a comment about the community’s position on re-use of the supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) system.
  • At approximately 13:07, Dr. Candace Coyle, site project manager, Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), and Ron Hink, project manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG), provide a BGCAPP update including: destruction progress data for both BGCAPP and the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, safety statistics, progress of the GB M55 rocket destruction campaign, Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) 2000, SDC 1200, Earth-Covered Magazine Rocket Operations Contingency, schedule, environmental permitting updates and closure.
  • At approximately 36:36, Judge Executive Reagan Taylor, co-chair, CDCAB, asks if the majority of the jobs being phased out after operations are complete are for employees located at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD).
  • At approximately 36:44, Coyle and Hink continue discussing closure, SCWO study and economic impact.
  • At approximately 42:36, Williams provides a comment about CRG Automation representatives speaking to him about an interest in doing something on the BGCAPP footprint in the future.
  • At approximately 43:15, Coyle provides information on an upcoming event to mark the completion of destruction operations at BGCAPP.
  • At approximately 44:58, Harry Moberly, member, CAC/CDCAB, comments about BPBG positive contributions to the community and Williams comments on re-use of the SDC units at BGAD.
  • At approximately 47:52, April Webb, Hazardous Waste Branch Manager, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, gives an environmental permitting update.
  • At approximately 48:55, Williams provides an economic development update.
  • At approximately 54:52, Col. Brett Ayvazian, commander, BGAD, provides information about an industry day to be held at BGAD June 27-28, Williams expresses his appreciation for community involvement in the feasibility study, Moberly expresses his appreciation for Williams and Taylor in assisting in securing the grant to conduct the economic resiliency plan.
  • At approximately 58:37, Marko reviews next steps and action items are discussed.
  • At approximately 1:00:04, Williams, Taylor and Watson provide closing remarks.

BGCAPP is a state-of-the-art facility that is safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile at BGAD near Richmond, Kentucky. For more project information and news, visit the BGCAPP homepage on the ACWA website: https://www.peoacwa.army.mil/bgcapp

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