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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Effects of the Deletion of Chemical Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21884.
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Committee Activities

FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2015 RICHMOND, KENTUCKY

Objectives: To conduct introductory discussions and briefings (i.e. administrative actions, including committee introductions and composition/balance/bias discussions for committee members), discuss the Statement of Task and conduct a background review with sponsor, receive briefings and engage in dialogue with Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant staff, review the report realization process and project plan, review and flesh out the Initial Report Outline, make committee writing assignments, and set future meeting dates and next steps.

Presentations

BGCAPP Process Overview, George Lucier, BGCAPP Deputy Chief Scientist

History Leading Up to Washout Deletion—Original Design and Reasons for Engineering Change, Neil Frenzl, BGCAPP Resident Engineering Manager

Process and Infrastructure Changes Due to Washout Deletion, Neil Frenzl, BGCAPP Resident Engineering Manager

Impacts of Washout Deletion on Metal Parts Treater and Thermal Oxidizer, George Lucier, BGCAPP Deputy Chief Scientist

Destruction Efficiency Calculations, John McArthur, BGCAPP Environmental Manager

Process & Throughput Modeling, Charles Oclassen, BGCAPP/PCAPP Throughput Engineer

SECOND COMMITTEE MEETING OCTOBER 20-21, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: To discuss the report draft, discuss any additional data gathering needed, conduct report drafting, achieve a First Full-Message Draft, make committee writing assignments, and discuss next steps.

THIRD COMMITTEE MEETING DECEMBER 1-2, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: To discuss report draft, conduct report drafting, achieve a Preconcurrence Draft, identify final tweaks, and discuss next steps.

VIRTUAL COMMITTEE MEETING DECEMBER 17, 2015

Objective: Conduct final report draft review and achieve concurrence.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Effects of the Deletion of Chemical Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21884.
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The United States manufactured significant quantities of chemical weapons during the Cold War and the years prior. Because the chemical weapons are aging, storage constitutes an ongoing risk to the facility workforces and to the communities nearby. In addition, the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty stipulates that the chemical weapons be destroyed. The United States has destroyed approximately 90 percent of the chemical weapons stockpile located at seven sites.

As part of the effort to destroy its remaining stockpile, the Department of Defense is building the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) on the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD), near Richmond, Kentucky. The stockpile stored at BGAD consists of rockets and projectiles containing the nerve agents GB and VX and the blister agent mustard. Continued storage poses a risk to the BGAD workforce and the surrounding community because these munitions are several decades old and are developing leaks.

Due to public opposition to the use of incineration to destroy the BGAD stockpile, Congress mandated that non- incineration technologies be identified for use at BGCAPP. As a result, the original BGCAPP design called for munitions to be drained of agent and then for the munition bodies to be washed out using high-pressure hot water. However as part of a larger package of modifications called Engineering Change Proposal 87 (ECP-87), the munition washout step was eliminated. Effects of the Deletion of Chemical Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant examines the impacts of this design change on operations at BGCAPP and makes recommendations to guide future decision making.

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