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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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Public Interest and Input Documents

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Exhibit 1. Committee approach to encouraging public input. Presented at committee meeting on January 29, 2015.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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1/21/2015 NRC seeks public comment on hydrolysate transport Richmond Register: News

http://www.richmondregister.com/news/nrcseekspubliccommentonhydrolysatetransport/article_ead95fb8a1cd11e4a983bf9e2a947b10.html?mode=print1/1

NRC seeks public comment on hydrolysate transport

Special to the Register | Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7:30 pm
A National Research Council (NRC) committee is seeking public comment regarding the potential for the shipment of hydrolysate from the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant after chemical weapons agents are destroyed.

Datagathering sessions will be conducted at the Eastern Kentucky University Perkings Building from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A public comment session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

During the two daytime sessions, the committee will hear presentations from and hold discussions with government BGCAPP personnel; the contractor, Bechtel Parsons; personnel from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, and representatives of the Citizens’ Advisory Commission and the Community Advisory Board.

In addition, the committee has established a dedicated email address for receiving public comments: Comments_for_NRC_Hydrolysate_Committee@nas.edu.

The plant is designed to destroy the stockpile of chemical weapons stored at the Army’s Blue Grass Army Depot.

Hydrolysate is the waste product that remains following the chemical destruction by hydrolysis of the chemical agents and energetics.

The Program Manager for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives has tasked the NRC committe e to independently develop criteria for safely and successfully treating the hydrolysate that will be produced at BGCAPP, and, if the supercritical water oxidation system underperforms in treating hydrolysate, to identify potential modifications that would allow continued onsite processing, as well as regulatory requirements for offsite hydrolysate and treatment options.

“Part of our tasking is to consider stakeholder interests and solicit stakeholder input,” said committee chair Todd A. Kimmell, principal investigator with the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. “We want to understand the perspectives of the people who live in the surrounding area and who work at BGCAPP.”


Exhibit 2. Article from Richmond Register website, January 21, 2015, announcing committee meeting, public meeting, and e-mail address for submitting public comments to the committee.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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From: Doug Hindman

Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 5:37 PM

To: Hydrolysate Committee

Subject: Hydrolysate comment

As chair of the KY CAC I was privileged to address your committee and to attend at least part of your Kentucky meeting.

I’m concerned that your committee is unduly restricting the options you are considering. Your statement of task asks you “to identify potential modifications that would allow continued onsite processing.” The only potential modification I heard addressed was off-site transportation. In fact, your card seeking public comment asks for perspectives only on this option. While it’s an obvious option, I hope your committee will also consider other, especially on-site, options.

For example, I asked you to consider use of the EDT presently under construction at Kentucky’s pilot plant. This EDT will be a one-step treatment for mustard-filled projectiles that should finish before the main plant begins. Thus it could be available to treat “excess” hydrolysate if the SCWO system develops problems.

I do not expect your committee to evaluate such options in detail. I urge you to identify possible on-site options, such as EDT, for more detailed evaluation by ACWA.

Thanks to your committee for your efforts.

Douglas Hindman


Exhibit 3. E-mail from Douglas Hindman, Chair, Kentucky Citizens’ Advisory Commission, on February 3, 2015.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission
Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board
105 5th Street, Suite 206
Richmond, KY 40475
859.624.4700 / 859.986.7565

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Doug Hindman
Chair

 

Reagan Taylor
Craig Williams
Co-Chairs

NRC Hydrolysate Committee
500 Fifth Street, NW, Rm 937
Washington, D.C. 20001

March 2, 2015

Dear Committee Members,

Herein please find the salient points raised during your Committee meeting held in Richmond, Kentucky in January of this year.

Again, please accept our appreciation for holding the meeting here in the affected community.

OVERARCHING POSITIONS

1) This study is being undertaken strictly as a contingency plan should hydrolysate secondary waste processing problems necessitate off-site shipment; and

2) Every opportunity for CAC/CDCAB involvement and input should be provided and welcome.

SUGGESTED CRITERIA

IF secondary treatment of hydrolysate is unable to keep up with neutralization output (due to unexpected processing limitations with the SCWO system, etc.);

AND if all feasible mitigation measures have been evaluated;

AND if mitigation is impossible or would require that plant operations be suspended for an extensive period of time. (“Extensive” should be defined within the Study)

THEN alternative approaches (“Plan B”) would be acceptable BUT ONLY for that portion of the neutralization output that cannot be processed through the planned secondary treatment and/or stored on site until mitigation is achieved. It’s easy to conceive that problems may be temporary or limited so that only part of the hydrolysate would need transportation).

ALSO, The NRC should consider alternative on-site treatment possibilities. For example, it might be possible to modify the EDT to process “excess” hydrolysate.

SUGGESTED STUDY ELEMENTS

It is our expectation that the NRC will:

Exhibit 4. Statement from the Kentucky Citizens’ Advisory Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board, March 2, 2015.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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- Highlight at the BEGINNING of the report that the effort is being made only as a contingency in the event that the on-site treatment reaches a point where there is NO OTHER OPTION than to ship off-site.

- Work with ACWA, BPBG, KDEP, CAC/CDCAB, and BGAD to develop a set of protocols that will identify under what circumstances off-site shipment would occur. These should include the study objectives in the Statement of Task and also include, but not be limited to:

• Consideration of the historical position of the CAC/CDCAB and reception communities of p ast agent hydrolysate shipments;

• Identification of technology and location of any potential reception site/community;

• Consideration of schedule impact via opposition (regulatory, legal, political) from identified potential reception site(s);

• Developing a means of information sharing and input from the CAC/CDCAB as items identified in the Statement of Task are evolving. (i.e. storage levels identified that might be a threshold to trigger shipment);

• Providing certain CAC/CDCAB members review in draft form opportunities in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC Report Review Committee, similar to the Citizens Advisory Technical Team (CATT) associated with the ACWA Dialogue.

Sincerely,

Doug Hindman

         Craig Williams

Doug Hindman
Chair, KY CAC

Craig Williams
Co-Chair, KY CDCAB


Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Public Interest and Input Documents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21771.
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In 1993, the United States signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international treaty outlawing the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons. The chemical weapons stockpiles at five of the U.S. chemical weapons storage sites have now been destroyed. At those sites, the munitions were robotically opened and the chemical agent was removed, collected, and incinerated.

One of the remaining sites with chemical weapons stockpiles is the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky. In this case, caustic hydrolysis will be used to destroy the agents and energetics, resulting in a secondary waste stream known as hydrolysate. Review Criteria for Successful Treatment of Hydrolysate at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant develops criteria for successfully treating the hydrolysate, identifies systemization data that should factor into the criteria/decision process, suggests potential modifications to suggested treatment that would allow continued onsite processing, and assesses waste disposal procedures. This study further examines the possibility of delay or failure of the existing technology and examines possible alternatives to onsite treatment.

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