March 6 Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission/CDCAB Meeting (2024)

This is the March 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 closure of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), which destroyed the chemical weapons stockpile at the Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, in 2023. 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 4:56, Craig Williams, chair, CAC, provides opening remarks.
  • At approximately 6:17, Mark York, communications manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG), provides an update on the action item from the Dec. 6, 2023, CAC/CDCAB meeting.
  • At approximately 7:10, Kingston Reif, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control, provides remarks.
  • At approximately 10:23, Tamika Atkins, interim program executive officer, PEO ACWA, provides remarks.
  • At approximately 13:07, Shannon Pendergrass, site project manager, Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), and Ron Hink, project manager, 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, projected schedule and permitting actions.
  • At approximately 25:51, Pendergrass announces the April 18 planned closure to the public of the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office (ORO).
  • At approximately 27:34, York provides the upcoming Closure Working Group (CWG) and CAC/CDCAB meeting dates and locations.
  • At approximately 27:58, Williams asks Hink for the information for the permit modification meeting for potentially processing drained VX warheads in canisters in the SDC 2000. York provides the information: March 7 at 5:30 pm at the ORO.
  • At approximately 28:39, Jeanne Marie Hibberd, member, CDCAB, asks Hink to provide more information about the SDC 1200 quench tower.
  • At approximately 29:47, Reagan Taylor, co-chair, CDCAB, asks Pendergrass for the length of time it took to process the current percentages of containerized rocket warheads in the SDCs. Pendergrass provides the dates and Hink provides an explanation of system ramp-up and the effect on processing numbers. Williams asks about the SDC 1200 off-gas treatment system in comparison to the SDC in Anniston, Alabama, and whether the system in Anniston has had similar issues as with the Blue Grass quench tower.
  • At approximately 33:07, Atkins takes the action item to provide a response on whether the Anniston SDC has had similar quench tower challenges and if the SDC 1200 off-gas treatment system is more robust than the Anniston system.
  • At approximately 33:31, April Webb, Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) hazardous waste branch manager, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP), reports out on the action items for KDEP from the December meeting and gives an environmental permitting update.
  • At approximately 35:53, Williams provides information about the documents provided by KDEP regarding Open Burn/Open Detonation (OB/OD) on BGAD. Williams also asks Col. Brett Ayvazian to confirm the details of the BGAD public meeting regarding OB/OD.
  • At approximately 37:14, Ayvazian provides information about the BGAD public meeting regarding OB/OD.
  • At approximately 38:21, Williams provides an economic development update.
  • At approximately 42:47, Harry Moberly asks about the notice distribution for the BGAD OB/OD public meeting. Williams replies that BGAD is coordinating notice of the meeting. Ayvazian replies with information. William Ritter, public affairs officer, BGAD, replies with public notice details. Hibberd requests the notice information be provided to her.
  • At approximately 45:46, York reviews next steps and action items are discussed.
  • At approximately 47:10, Taylor and Williams provide closing remarks.
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