Feb. 28 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission Meeting (2024)

This is the Feb. 28 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission online meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss topics related to the destruction of the former chemical weapons stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) completed June 22, 2023, as well as the transition to 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 meeting is called to order by Irene Kornelly, chair, CAC. Agenda items are discussed and approved as amended. Minutes from the Jan. 31, 2024, meeting are approved.
• At approximately 2:05, Tamika Atkins, acting program executive officer, ACWA, provides an update on the recruitment of a new program executive officer and thanks CDPHE for approval of the recent Temporary Authorization (TA) B073.
• At approximately 4:22, Col. Rodney McCutcheon, commander, PCD, discusses upcoming meetings with CDPHE on the PCD closure permit, a March visit by the U.S. Army Joint Materiel Command commander, an April visit by the Fort Carson Resiliency Team, and the new combined Reduction in Force scheduled for September.
• At approximately 9:25, Kornelly asks whether the 120 PCD employees that will remain to assist with the ACWA mission also will conduct environmental cleanup.
• At approximately 10:22, Paul Corbett, former coordinator and chief of emergency operations, CSEPP, provides an update on CSEPP closure activities, including equipment removal from the PCD operations center and deactivation of cameras and the CSEPP hotline.
• At approximately 13:12, Laura Stalford, program manager, PuebloPlex, discusses recent conversations with PCAPP about assets for retention, as well as updates to the Pueblo Area Defense Diversification Act and workforce transition and community outreach activities.
• At approximately 16:52, Julianna Mahr, hazardous waste permitting unit leader, CDPHE, reported on weekly site inspections of PCAPP, recent permit modifications and progress on the main plant and Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) closure plans.
• At approximately 20:37, John Norton, chair, Biotreatment Utilization Group (BUG), reports that the January briefing was the final one for the BUG.
• At approximately 21:44, Todd Ailes, project manager, Bechtel Pueblo Team, provides an update on safety.
• At approximately 23:40, Walton Levi, site project manager, PCAPP, discusses PMR B071, the most recent round of CDPHE Notices of Deficiency, and the timeline for the PCAPP response.
• At approximately 25:23, Ailes discusses BROKK demolition robot readiness operations and amendments being made to associated Standard Operating Procedures.
• At approximately 26:45, Troy Worthen, plant manager, PCAPP, discusses the progress of the limited equipment disassembly work allowed in TA B073. Worthen and Ailes share computer-generated maps displaying before and after images of affected areas in the main plant.
• At approximately 30:15, Levi discusses recent waste generation and removal as well as shipping locations. He updates participants on the cleanout of storage tanks 101, 201 and 301 in the Biotreatment Area.
• At approximately 36:20, Worthen provides an update on SDC activities, including testing of a steam generator, mid-March de-staffing and the demobilization of engineering trailers.
• At approximately 37:52, Ailes provides updates on staffing and workforce transition efforts. He also gives statistics on those who have already left the project. He provides video links that illustrate equipment disassembly and BROKK readiness for participants to view at a later time.
• At approximately 42:26, Norton asks about the efficiency of the sludge removal efforts and when teardown of the tanks will begin.
• At approximately 42:55, Kornelly reminds participants that there will be no March CAC meeting and then asks for a motion to adjourn.

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