Sept. 27 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission Meeting (2023)

This is the Sept. 27 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission online meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss activities 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.

Meeting highlights are outlined below and embedded in the video description:

  • At approximately 0:00, the CAC meeting is called to order by Irene Kornelly, chair, CAC. Agenda items are discussed and approved. Kornelly announces a date change for the December 2023 meeting.
  • At approximately 3:04, Dr. James Watson, deputy program executive officer, ACWA, addresses the CAC. He discusses the seriousness of the approval of the closure permit and addresses some of the potential risks associated with delaying the start of the closure phase.
  • At approximately 7:30, Col. Rodney McCutcheon, commander, PCD, addresses the CAC. He shares information regarding the termination of the surety program, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) treaty determination, activities associated with suicide prevention month, job postings, and the potential effects of a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
  • At approximately, 12:24, Julianna Mahr, unit leader, CDPHE, discusses progress concerning the closure permit.
  • At approximately 14:39, Colleen Brisnehan, hazardous waste program manager, CDPHE, and CAC member, provides additional information regarding the documentation of the closure plan.
  • At approximately, 16:34, Kornelly asks what the workforce can do while waiting for the closure permit to be approved.
  • At approximately 17:41, Kim Jackson, plant manager, PCAPP, and Todd Ailes, Bechtel Pueblo Team project manager, PCAPP, give an overview of activities the workforce can perform while waiting for approval of the closure permit.
  • At approximately 18:24, Mahr gives additional information regarding activities the workforce can perform while waiting for approval of the closure permit.
  • At approximately 18:48, Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP, expresses appreciation for the help CDPHE officials have provided during the development of the closure permit.
  • At approximately 22:23, John Norton, citizen member, CAC, and chair, Biotreatment Utilization Group, asks for the status of the Biotreatment Area (BTA) assessment. Patrick Sullivan, environmental manager/field office scientist, PCAPP, provides an update on biotreatment.
  • At approximately 28:32, Norton asks if Sullivan is referring to “sludge” during his presentation.
  • At approximately 35:42, Norton asks how many gallons of water will be required to flush the BTA.
  • At approximately 37:58, Norton asks how long the 30-day storage tanks will be in use.
  • At approximately 39:07, Levi provides an overview of the PCAPP agenda items.
  • At approximately 39:28, Ailes provides updates on plant safety, OPCW treaty termination, surety termination, transition from chemical surety and medical surveillance.
  • At approximately 45:13, Jackson provides an overview of recent Static Detonation Chamber tours, the closure plant update and workforce planning. Jackson also announces that she will be leaving the project on Oct. 6.
  • At approximately 49:36, Ailes discusses the project schedule impacts of workforce reduction and the decision to place steel in a Class C landfill rather than recycle it.
  • At approximately 52:40, Levi provides an overview of hydrolysate processing and the potential for shipping in the future. A slide regarding closure of the Outreach Office is shared.
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