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

This is the Dec. 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.

Major highlights from the meeting are outlined below:

  • At approximately 4:37, Reagan Taylor, co-chair, CDCAB, and Craig Williams, chair, CAC, provide opening remarks.
  • At approximately 5:01, Sarah Marko, communications manager, Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office (ORO), provides an update on the action item from the Sept. 6, 2023, CAC/CDCAB meeting.
  • At approximately 5:53, Tamika Atkins, interim program executive officer, PEO ACWA, provides remarks.
  • At approximately 7:35, Williams welcomes Atkins to her new role and comments he is appreciative of her communication with him since assuming the position.
  • At approximately 8:21, the Kentucky Chemical Weapons Destruction: 2023 Year in Review video is shown:
  • At approximately 12:19, Shannon Pendergrass, 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 safety metrics, containerized rocket warhead destruction progress, updates on the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) 2000 and SDC 1200, main plant closure progress, BPBG workforce transition and projected schedule.
  • At approximately 22:40, Marko provides a recap of the Oct. 11 End of Destruction Operations event and thanks CAC/CDCAB members for attending.
  • At approximately 23:31, Jeanne Marie Hibberd, member, CDCAB, asks Hink to provide more information about polychlorinated biphenyls. Williams asks if the maintenance activities at the SDC 1200 and 2000 have impacted the schedule and the number of staff to be drawn down in February 2024. Williams also thanked ORO staff for organizing the Oct. 11 event.
  • At approximately 26:33, Olivia Beasley, Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) Section supervisor, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP), gives an environmental permitting update.
  • At approximately 29:03, Williams asks Beasley if departing KDEP staff members will be replaced. Hibberd asks Beasley to provide more information about the subject of the BGAD letter of warning and notice of deficiency (NOD) on groundwater sampling. Williams asks if issues are associated with open burn/open detonation (OB/OD) and if data is available to the public. Harry Moberly, member, CAC/CDCAB, asks if BGAD reports findings to KDEP, procedures for sampling water and if NODs have been issued in the past. Ramesh Melarkode, environmental manager, BGAD, provides information about BGAD OB/OD environmental permitting. Moberly asks Melarkode if OB/OD contaminates ground water. Rebecca Proudfoot, member of the public, asks about air quality monitoring for OB/OD activities. Moberly asks if there is a state agency responsible for monitoring damages to neighboring houses as a result of OB/OD activities. Williams provides information about an upcoming meeting with KDEP to discuss the OB/OD permit process and he will discuss issues raised at this meeting with them at that time.
  • At approximately 40:05, Williams provides an economic development update.
  • At approximately 49:16, Williams introduces Mike Costas, general manager and principal vice president, Bechtel National Inc., as well as Kevin Carter and Daniel Chi, Bechtel Enterprises, and asks them to provide additional information about the data center concept.
  • At approximately 58:40, Williams proposes drafting a letter, circulating the letter for input to CAC/CDCAB members and sending it to the Kentucky Congressional delegation regarding support for locating a data center at BGAD and opens the floor for feedback and comments. Hibberd asks for a timeframe for sending the letter. Leslie Kaylor, member, CDCAB, asks if there is competition for other locations for the data center. Moberly expresses his support for the letter and if the data center may attract other businesses.
  • At approximately 1:08:14, Marko reviews next steps and action items are discussed.
  • At approximately 1:10:01, Williams provides closing remarks.
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