motors would be removed from BGCAPP and BGAD and delivered to other facilities for disposal, are also discussed. The chapter considers transportation issues. For example, the transportation of the separated rocket motors on public roads will need to comply with Department of Transportation regulations and will require appropriate and specialized packaging, whereas on-site transportation will have a different, and potentially less demanding, regulatory framework.

The report contains two appendixes that supplement the committee’s work in the main body of the report. Appendix A sets forth some definitions that are used specifically by this committee. Appendix B reviews the history of public sentiment as it pertains to the committee’s task. Although a consideration of public sentiment is not an explicit item in the statement of task and a rigorous examination of it was beyond the committee’s scope, the committee believed that it would be remiss not to include some discussion of it in that it is likely to figure into the ability to implement any given disposal technology or disposal option. Programs for destroying the chemical munitions stockpile managed by the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency4 and the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives5 program have historically been heavily influenced by public sentiment. The concerns of citizens near BGAD, along potential transportation routes, and near potential off-site disposal locations are therefore going to be important in consideration of any decision about the choice of a technology or option (whether on-site or off-site) to dispose of the separated rocket motors.


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4The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency has successfully and safely disposed of the chemical agent and munitions stockpiles at Aberdeen, Maryland; Anniston, Alabama; Johnston Atoll; Newport, Indiana; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Tooele, Utah; and Umatilla, Oregon. Chemical neutralization was used to dispose of bulk agent at Aberdeen, Maryland, and Newport, Indiana. Incineration was used to dispose of the stockpiles at the other sites.

5In addition to BGCAPP, a facility is under construction at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, in Colorado, to dispose of the mustard agent stockpile there. The agent will be chemically neutralized by hot-water hydrolysis, and the resulting hydrolysates will be processed through a biotreatment system.

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