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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 2013. Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13494.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Committee Meetings." National Research Council. 2013. Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13494.
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Appendix D Committee Meetings FIRST MEETING Paul Usinowicz, Water/Wastewater Research Leader, MAY 1-3, 2012, PUEBLO, COLORADO Battelle Kate Furman, PCAPP Quality Manager, Battelle Objectives: • National Research Council introduction (administra- tive actions, including committee introductions and SECOND MEETING composition/balance/bias discussions for committee JULY 23-25, 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C. members). Objectives: • Discuss statement of task and project background; • National Research Council administrative actions, review with sponsor. including composition/balance/bias discussions for • Receive PCAPP overview and process briefings. one committee member. • Review report writing process and project plan. • Review and discuss status of information requests. • Refine draft outline for report; proceed toward Con- • Refine report outline for report; continue chapter cept Draft. drafts development. • Make committee writing assignments. • Discuss possibilities for figures development for • Decide future meeting dates and next steps. inclusion in report. • Teleconference with ACWA and/or contractor con- Briefings and Site Tour cerning desired information. • Decide future meeting dates and next steps. Presentation: PCAPP’s Water Recovery System and Brine Reduction System, George Lecakes, PCAPP Chief Scientist Participants in Teleconference with PCAPP and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Staff: Tour of Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant: George Lecakes, PCAPP Chief Scientist, Battelle Committee members guided through biotreatment, water Yakup Nurdogan, PCAPP Lead Industrial Wastewater recovery, and brine reduction systems areas by PCAPP staff Treatment Engineer, Bechtel Pueblo Team Rebecca C. Spiva, Project Engineering Manager, Bechtel Other PCAPP Staff Attending: Pueblo Team Bruce Huenefeld, PCAPP Site Manager, Assembled Mark Patterson, Senior Process Engineer, Veolia Water Chemical Weapons Alternatives Solutions & Technologies Walton Levi, PCAPP Deputy Site Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Rebecca C. Spiva, Project Engineering Manager, Bechtel THIRD MEETING Pueblo Team OCTOBER 2-3, 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C. Yakup Nurdogan, PCAPP Lead Industrial Wastewater Objectives: Treatment Engineer, Bechtel Pueblo Team • Review and discuss status of information requests. Ron Entz, PCAPP Permitting Manager, Bechtel Pueblo • Continue development of chapters, especially find- Team ings and recommendations and supporting text per- Bill Steedman, Senior Process Engineer, Bechtel Pueblo Team 47

48 REVIEW OF BIOTREATMENT, WATER RECOVERY, AND BRINE REDUCTION SYSTEMS FOR PCAPP taining to the WRS-BRS, to Preconcurrence Draft Briefing and Site Tour status. • Discuss possibilities for additional tables and figures Presentation: Design and Operating Conditions of PCAPP’s development for inclusion in report. Biotreatment Process, Paul Usinowicz, Water/Wastewater • Teleconference with ACWA staff concerning desired Research Leader, Battelle information. • Update committee on anticipated contractual expan- Tour of Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant: sion of study to include a more extensive and thor- Committee members guided through biotreatment areas by ough examination of PCAPP biotreatment. PCAPP staff • Obtain suggestions for two or three potential new nominees to the committee to help with the biotreat- ment area tasking. FIFTH MEETING • Decide future meeting dates and next steps. JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1, 2013, WASHINGTON, D.C. Participants in Teleconference with ACWA Personnel: Objectives: George Lecakes, PCAPP Chief Scientist, Battelle • Review and discuss any new information from Paul Usinowicz, Water/Wastewater Research Leader, PCAPP staff. Battelle • Review overall status of report and study project. • Do page-by-page review of Preconcurrence Draft 012413 text and artwork. FOURTH MEETING • Develop and review any additional text as may be NOVEMBER 28-30, PUEBLO, COLORADO deemed necessary to complete the report. Objectives: • Request signoff of Concurrence forms by committee • National Research Council introduction (administra- members prior to their departure. tive actions, including new committee member intro- • Briefly describe NRC peer review process as per- ductions and composition/balance/bias discussion). formed for DEPS/BAST reports (mostly for benefit • Discuss statement of task and project background; of first time committee members). review with sponsor. • Request suggestions for peer review nominees from • Receive PCAPP overview and process briefings committee members again now that the text content focused on PCAPP biotreatment and influences, etc., has been determined. on downstream processes. • Review report development process and project plan. • Develop/revise outline for biotreatment coverage in report. • Make and initiate committee writing assignments. • Discuss future meeting dates and next steps.

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The Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Colorado is one of two sites that features U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons that need to be destroyed. The PCD features about 2,600 tons of mustard-including agent. The PCD also features a pilot plant, the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP), which has been set up to destroy the agent and munition bodies using novel processes. The chemical neutralization or hydrolysis of the mustard agent produces a Schedule 2 compound called thiodiglycol (TDG) that must be destroyed. The PCAPP uses a combined water recovery system (WRS) and brine reduction system (BRS) to destroy TDG and make the water used in the chemical neutralization well water again.

Since the PCAPP is using a novel process, the program executive officer for the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA) program asked the National Research Council (NRC) to initiate a study to review the PCAPP WRS-BRS that was already installed at PCAPP. 5 months into the study in October, 2012, the NRC was asked to also review the Biotreatment area (BTA). The Committee on Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant was thus tasked with evaluating the operability, life-expectancy, working quality, results of Biotreatment studies carried out prior to 1999 and 1999-2004, and the current design, systemization approached, and planned operation conditions for the Biotreatment process.
Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant is the result of the committee's investigation. The report includes diagrams of the Biotreatment area, the BRS, and WRS; a table of materials of construction, the various recommendations made by the committee; and more.
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