Secondary waste at Blue Grass: The National Research Council and Noblis Reports
March 30, 2009
The Department of Defense and U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives leadership are currently reviewing the results of two technical reports, as well as stakeholder feedback, to make a decision regarding disposal options for hydrolysate, the byproduct of the neutralization process that will be used at the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plants.
"Recent discussions with program stakeholders through a public forum in Washington, D.C. and the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens' Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board meetings have provided valuable and insightful information," said Kevin Flamm, program manager for ACWA. "I appreciate the input and involvement of these groups and look forward to being able to convey the hydrolysate disposal decision shortly."
The NRC and Noblis reports, as well as the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens' Advisory Commission and the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board's recommendations against off-site hydrolysate disposal can be accessed through the ACWA Web site (www.pmacwa.army.mil) or are available through the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office at 1000 Commercial Drive, Suite 2, Richmond, Ky.
ACWA is expected to make a decision regarding off-site shipment of hydrolysate in early 2009.
Note: The U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, the Department of Defense organization responsible for the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile in storage at the Blue Grass Army Depot, tasked the National Research Council and Noblis to complete independent technical analyses regarding the treatment of secondary waste and hydrolysate generated during Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant operations. This is the second of a series of articles to help educate readers about secondary waste and hydrolysate, as well as the findings in these reports.