The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) completed destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) July 7, 2023.
During the destruction process, neutralization, broke down nerve agent into a wastewater product known as hydrolysate. This wastewater is being shipped off site for further processing.
During the plant’s closure stage, hydrolysate will continue to be generated through decontamination activities.
The facility receiving and treating the hydrolysate is Veolia North America near Port Arthur, Texas.
La planta piloto de destrucción de agentes químicos de Blue Grass (Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant) está destruyendo las armas químicas almacenadas en el Depósito del Ejército de Blue Grass (Blue Grass Army Depot) cerca de Richmond, Kentucky. Una parte de la reserva de agentes químicos se neutraliza, creando un producto de aguas residuales conocido como hidrolizado. Durante las operaciones de la planta, estas aguas residuales se envían desde el depósito a servicios medioambientales de Veolia (Veolia North America) cerca Port Arthur, Texas para su posterior procesamiento. Para más información, comuníquese con la Oficina de Alcance de Existencias de Sustancias Químicas de Blue Grass (Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office) en email@example.com.
What is Hydrolysate?
BGCAPP hydrolysate was the product of the neutralization of nerve agent drained from chemical munitions stored at the depot during plant operations and will continue to be generated through decontamination activities during the plant’s closure stage.
The liquid waste has a high pH, making it comparable to a commercial drain cleaner or liquid bleach. Technicians used lab-created hydrolysate to calibrate equipment and prepare for plant operations.
Safe History of Transportation
Hydrolysate is a Department of Transportation Class 8 corrosive material, a hazard similar in many ways to other corrosive materials shipped daily in the U.S. and throughout the world. Hydrolysate has been previously shipped from other chemical demilitarization facilities in the U.S. and from BGAD.
All VX nerve agent hydrolysate from the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Indiana was incinerated at Veolia beginning in 2007.
In 2009, 1,000 gallons of GB nerve agent hydrolysate was shipped from Kentucky to the Veolia facility as part of Operation Swift Solution.
The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado shipped more than 842,000 gallons of mustard agent hydrolysate to Veolia for processing in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Safety of the workforce, community and environment is a top priority for the project. The utmost care and attention to detail is followed when shipping hydrolysate from BGCAPP. All applicable state laws and Department of Transportation regulations are followed. A permit modification request required prior to the first shipment of hydrolysate was approved by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Sept. 23, 2021.
Resources and Contact Information
For more information about hydrolysate shipment, contact the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office at (859) 626-8944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.