Recommendation 3-1. The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant program staff should inform the recipient of materials for recycling of the potential for the presence of lead or lead dust on recovered materials.
A significant portion of this report reviews the current technologies that could be used to dispose of the separated rocket motors. These are primarily open thermal, contained thermal, and chemical treatment options. The committee presents a comparison of advantages and disadvantages of each technology and considers the estimate of separated rocket motor throughput where available. The committee finds that a contained thermal treatment technology is the best option for disposing of the separated rocket motors.
Finding 3-4. Thermal treatment demilitarization and disposal operations performed in a chamber require the least handling and permit treatment of product emissions. Chemical technologies either are not mature or are not readily implementable for the disposal of the separated rocket motors.
Finding 3-7. A contained thermal technology is the best option for disposing of the rocket motors separated from the M55 rockets stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
The storage and disposal of the separated rocket motors could both be rate-limiting factors in overall BGCAPP operations. For a variety of reasons, the disposal of the separated rocket motors will likely proceed at a slower rate than the warhead processing at BGCAPP. This necessitates the ability to store some number of separated rocket motors from the time of rocket cutting until eventual disposal. The committee is concerned that the storage space that is included in the BGCAPP design will not be sufficient and that any mishap that interrupts the disposal of the separated rocket motors could easily impact M55 rocket processing at BGCAPP. The committee discusses securing additional storage space for separated rocket motors within the BGAD area, such as converting the storage igloos in which the M55 rockets are currently stored into explosive hazardous waste units.
Finding 4-1. The provision of adequate storage space for the separated rocket motors is important for the overall rate of operations for M55 rocket disposal at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. Rocket-cutting and warhead-processing operations would need to be slowed or halted if the combination of storage capacity and separated rocket motor disposal could not meet the rate at which separated rocket motors are produced.
Recommendation 4-1. Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant program staff should secure additional space for storage of separated rocket motors. It is essential that discussion with Blue Grass Army Depot staff concerning the option for securing such additional space at the depot be given high priority.