In 1996, Congress enacted directing the Department of Defense to assess and demonstrate technology alternatives to incineration for destruction of the chemical weapons stored at Pueblo Chemical and Blue Grass Army Depots. Since then, the National Research Council (NRC) has been carrying out evaluations of candidate technologies including reviews of engineering design studies and demonstration testing. Most recently, the NRC was asked by the Army to evaluate designs for pilot plants at Pueblo and Blue Grass. These pilot plants would use chemical neutralization for destroying the chemical agent and the energetics in the munitions stockpiles of these two depots. This report provides the interim assessment of the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) to permit adjustment of any significant problems as soon as possible. The report presents an analysis of the issues about the current PCAPP design and a series of findings and recommendations about ways to reduce concerns with involve the public more heavily in the process.
Table of Contents
|2 Description of the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant Process||14-26|
|3 Selected Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant Design Issues||27-47|
|4 Permitting Considerations and Public Participation||48-51|
|5 General Findings and Recommendations||52-53|
|A Diagrams of Munitions at Pueblo Chemical Depot||57-61|
|B Bechtel Pueblo Team Division of Responsibilities||62-62|
|C Identified Risks from Initial Technical Risk Assessment||63-69|
|D Committee Meetings and Site Visits||70-72|
|E Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||73-76|
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