Sept. 6 Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission/CDCAB Meeting (2023)

This is the Sept. 6 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 recent destruction of all chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) near Richmond, Kentucky, as well as 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 4:44, Craig Williams, co-chair, CAC/CDCAB, provides opening remarks, including comments about the passing of Dr. Doug Hindman, chair, CAC, on Sept. 3.
  • At approximately 7:29, Sarah Marko, communications manager, Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office (ORO), follows up on action items from the June 7, 2023, CAC/CDCAB meeting.
  • At approximately 9:29, Dr. James Watson, deputy program executive officer, PEO ACWA, provides remarks.
  • At approximately 11:41, Dr. Candace Coyle, former site project manager (SPM), Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP); Shannon Pendergrass, SPM, BGCAPP; and Ron Hink, project manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG), provide a BGCAPP update including completion of chemical weapons destruction operations July 7, 2023, recognition of community support throughout destruction operations, an event on Oct. 11 to celebrate the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile, transition of the SPM role from Coyle to Pendergrass, containerized rocket warhead destruction progress, safety metrics, updates on the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) 2000 and SDC 1200, main plant closure progress, BPBG economic impact, projected schedule and results of the supercritical water oxidation study.
  • At approximately 29:43, Olivia Beasley, Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) Section supervisor, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP), gives an environmental permitting update.
  • At approximately 31:40, Jeanne Marie Hibberd, member, CDCAB, asks Beasley to provide more information about the groundwater monitoring activities. Williams asks Beasley to provide more information about the Class 2 permit modification that was recently approved and if the storage igloos in the Chemical Limited Area have been decontaminated in order to be used for another purpose. Ramesh Melarkode, environmental manager, BGAD, asks if a KDEP employee retired. Hibberd asks what will happen with the igloos once they are no longer needed. Williams asks Hink about the status of the rocket motor shipments to Alabama and for more information about the process to decontaminate areas of the plant with higher levels of chemical agent contamination.
  • At approximately 37:37, Williams provides an economic development update.
  • At approximately 46:20, Harry Moberly, member, CAC/CDCAB, asks Robert Blythe, member, CDCAB, and David Stipes, member, CAC/CDCAB, to provide updates on the city of Richmond’s efforts on economic development. Williams asks Blythe if there have been any discussions with potential companies who may relocate to Richmond about the available BGCAPP workforce in the coming years.
  • At approximately 53:02, Marko reviews next steps and action items are discussed.
  • At approximately 54:47, Hibberd provides information on a three-segment radio program on WEKU-FM about chemical weapons destruction. She noted the program is available online at
  • At approximately 55:36, Williams and Watson provide closing remarks.

BGCAPP is a state-of-the-art facility that safely destroyed the chemical weapons stockpile at BGAD near Richmond, Kentucky. For more project information and news, visit the BGCAPP homepage on the ACWA website:

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