Finding 5-2. There are alternative disposal technologies to open burning that can be instituted at the Blue Grass Army Depot. However, the use of these alternative technologies would necessitate the inclusion of design, construction, and permitting time into the project schedule.
Finding 5-3. A D-100 detonation chamber is currently operational at the Blue Grass Army Depot to dispose of conventional munitions. It is possible that this could be modified and permitted to dispose of the separated rocket motors. A number of other contained technologies are available from commercial vendors, and it might prove simpler to contract for one of these to be installed than to modify the D-100 and obtain the necessary permit modification.
Finding 5-12. Transporting separated rocket motors solely on-site will be safer and easier to accomplish than transporting separated rocket motors off-site.
The disposal of the separated rocket motors off-site is dependent on several factors, including the identification of an appropriate disposal facility, satisfying the pertinent environmental and transportation regulations, and gaining the acceptance of the public.
Finding 5-6. There are potential technologies for the disposal of the separated rocket motors that could be used concurrently at one or more off-site disposal facilities to meet program requirements and schedule. Off-site disposal would increase flexibility in regard to choice of a specific disposal technology. The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Disposal Pilot Plant program staff would, of course, need to work with any off-site disposal facility to ensure that all relevant environmental regulations, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, are complied with.
A key factor in off-site disposal is that the transportation of separated rocket motors off-site would be subject to a greater degree of transportation regulation than onsite transportation and would necessitate the design, approval, and procurement of performance-oriented packaging in which to transport the separated rocket motors.
Finding 5-14. Transportation of separated rocket motors off-site must comply with federal regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials on public thoroughfares, including the use of labeled performance-oriented packaging, which is packaging that has been tested to meet anticipated environmental and transportation stresses.
Finding 5-13. All off-site disposal options necessarily require removal of the separated rocket motors from government property and transportation on public roads or railways. There are numerous federal, state, and Army regulations governing the transportation of explosive hazardous waste, permits, and safety standards that must be met.