Environmental Activities at BGCAPP

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant team was committed to protecting the workforce, public and environment during their safe destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at the Blue Grass Army Depot, and continues that commitment into the plant’s closure stage.

The BGCAPP team fulfills this commitment by adhering to numerous local, state and federal laws and regulations. This includes the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authority to control hazardous waste, including generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal, to protect human health and the environment.

In addition, BGCAPP operates under a hazardous waste permit from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. This permit was granted after numerous Army studies determined the destruction of the stockpile would have no significant impacts to human health or the environment. Throughout the lifecycle of the plant, any major permit modifications require a public comment period and approval by the state. We welcome your feedback and encourage your participation in this process.

  • On July 14, 2023, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection granted BGCAPP a Temporary Authorization Request to begin closure activities in the main plant.
  • On. Sept. 27, 2023, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection approved a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permit modification to conduct the closure phase at BGCAPP.

Learn more about our permits and environmental activities by accessing the links and information on this page, or by contacting the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office at bgoutreach@iem.com or (859) 626-8944.

Recent Permitting Activity:

On Feb. 15, 2024, the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) submitted a request to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection for a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Class 2 Hazardous Waste Storage and Treatment permit modification. The permit modification request is to allow processing of agent-contaminated secondary waste, specifically, drained VX warheads in canisters, at the Static Detonation Chamber 2000 facility. The request is being made to provide contingent operational availability of the SDC 2000 unit once GB containerized rocket warhead processing is complete.

The 60-day comment period runs Feb. 15, 2024, through April 15, 2024. All comments must be submitted by the close of business on April 15, 2024, to:

Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Branch
ATTN: Brandon May
300 Sower Blvd., 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Email: brandon.may@ky.gov

Documents:

Key Permit Documents

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Permit

Environmental Impact Statement

Explore BGCAPP Permitting History:

Get involved.

Public Meetings:

Plant and permitting updates are provided during quarterly public meetings known as the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission (CAC) and the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB). Please see below for future meeting dates and forums.

View meeting summaries from previous CAC/CDCAB meetings.

Information Repositories:

Information regarding the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant project is available at various community locations. Inquiries should be directed to Siobhan Adkins, Outreach Communications Lead, siobhan.adkins@iem.com.

  • Berea Branch, Madison County Public Library
    319 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403
  • Berea CollegeHutchins Library, Special collections section
    Berea, KY 40404
  • Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office
    1000 Commercial Drive, Suite 2, Richmond, KY 40475
    859-626-8944
    bgoutreach@iem.com
  • Eastern Kentucky UniversityCrabbe Library, Government documents section
    521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475
  • Estill County Public Library
    184 Broadway Street, Irvine, Kentucky 40336
  • Richmond Branch, Madison County Public Library
    507 West Main Street, Richmond, KY 40475

For a complete list of documents available at the Information Repositories, please see the Index.

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