This is the Oct. 24 Colorado Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission meeting at the Olde Towne Carriage House in Pueblo, Colorado. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the destruction of chemical weapons at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. 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.
Major highlights from the meeting are outlined below:
· At approximately 0:58, Irene Kornelly, chair, CAC, introduces Dr. Charles Ball, deputy assistant secretary, Department of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control and Mr. Mike Abaie, program executive officer, PEO ACWA, who provide via conference call clarification for the reasoning behind the need to ship an increased number of hydrolysate off site than originally expected and mitigation plans for the future.
· At approximately 12:13, Terry Hart, vice-chair, CAC provides background information as to why the CAC is opposed to off-site shipment of hydrolysate. He also presents an alternative mitigation plan of delaying the Integrated Facilities Demonstration (IFD) project to allow the Biotreatment Area to breakdown the existing hydrolysate backlog.
· At approximately 23:47, Dr. Ball and Mr. Abaie respond to Hart’s concerns by explaining that the shipment of hydrolysate off site is not out of convenience but out of necessity to meet the 2023 deadline and to reduce usage of project funds.
· At approximately 31:56, John Norton, member, CAC; Robert Jonardi, member, CAC; Dr. Velma Campbell, member, CAC; and Ken Griffin, member, CAC; provide comments and ask if there are any plans to build more hydrolysate storage tanks or other flex storage solutions in the future and if Dr. Ball and Mr. Abaie are in favor of the off-site shipment or are they prioritizing finding an alternative solution.
· At approximately 1:14:07, Col. Christopher Grice, commander, U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD), provides a PCD update including, permitting, the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) and upcoming community events.
· At approximately 1:20:36, Kevin Mackey, hazardous waste permitting unit leader, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), provides a CDPHE permitting update.
· At approximately 1:25:11, Bret Griebenow, project manager, Bechtel Pueblo Team (BPT), provides a PCAPP update including: safety, plant progress and hydrolysate shipping.
· At approximately 1:35:16, Kornelly, Jonardi and Campbell ask if the flooding in Texas has impacted the off-site shipment of
hydrolysate, if the 250,000 gallons of additional hydrolysate shipment would put the storage tanks at the 50 percent capacity level that is ideal for the IFDs, what would happen if the flex storage is filled up and they need those units to address the original mission and when will there be a decision to
build new storage. Campbell requested a report on the options for additional storage when it is available. Norton asks if they are going to investigate future costs if the program runs into another hydrolysate storage issue in the future.
· At approximately 1:42:55, Griebenow and Walton
Levi, deputy SPM, PCAPP, continues with a PCAPP update including, restart of the Biotreatment Area, main plant munition destruction progress, baseline reconfiguration progress and SDC environmental assessment (EA) activities.
· At approximately 1:49:42, Jonardi asks what the difference is between official comments and comments, why were there
so little comments about the SDC EA and how are they being addressed.
· At approximately 1:54:44, Hart makes motion that the CAC formally requests a copy of the storage options report and
to be provided with as much advanced notice when the decision regarding storage options has been made.
· At approximately 1:58:21, Kornelly, provides Permitting Working Group and Biotreatment Utilization Group meeting
updates from earlier in the day.
The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) is a state-of-the-art facility that is safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile at the depot in Pueblo, Colorado. For more project information and news, visit the PCAPP homepage on the ACWA website: http://www.peoacwa.army.mil/pcapp
For PCAPP environmental permitting updates and information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s web pages:
CAC Webpage: http://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/cocac
PCAPP Permitting Webpage: http://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/pcapp
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