To meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Title 32 Code of Federal Regulations Part 651, the U.S. Army conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the environmental effects of the Army’s proposed action to install and operate one or more Static Detonation Chambers (SDCs) at Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Colorado. The proposed SDCs would augment the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) Main Plant to eliminate current safety and schedule risks associated with the destruction of mustard munitions. SDCs would also be utilized to destroy any agent-contaminated explosive components and overpacked munitions discovered/created during PCAPP Main Plant operations and items recovered during cleanup of solid waste management units (SWMUs) at PCD. The EA concluded that the installation and operation of SDCs will have no significant environmental impacts.
Three public meetings in September allowed the public to discuss and ask questions of the Environmental Assessment and the proposed installation and operation of three Static Detonation Chambers. A 45-day public comment period on the Finding of No Significant Impact also allowed citizens to submit comments. The comment period ran from Aug. 22 to Oct. 6.
Download the Documents:
- Environmental Assessment: Proposed Installation and Operation of Static Detonation Chambers at Pueblo Chemical Depot
- Finding of No Significant Impact Environmental Assessment for Static Detonation Chambers at U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot
- Letter to the Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission, October 2018
- Public Meeting Posters
- Fact Sheet: Environmental Assessment of Proposed Installation and Operation of Static Detonation Chambers at U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot
- Fact Sheet: Need for Static Detonation Chambers Explained
- Fact Sheet: Static Detonation Chamber Overview
PCAPP Environmental Activities include those associated with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Recent NEPA activity includes updating the 2012 Environmental Assessment (ongoing). Recent RCRA activities include modifications to the RCRA RD&D permit including related public meetings.