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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter - Letter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25721.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter - Letter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25721.
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April 6, 2020 Mr. Michael Abaie Program Executive Officer Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives 8198 Blackhawk Road, Edgewood Area Aberdeen, MD 21010-5424 Dear Mr. Abaie: You requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine produce a letter report addressing initial closure planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants (BGCAPP and PCAPP). In the course of conducting its work, the committee was to (1) review National Academies reports that directly addressed or touched on the closure of previous chemical demilitarization facilities and (2) to receive actual historical closure information from the Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA). The committee members were then to apply their experience and expert judgment to make findings and recommendations regarding planning for the closure of BGCAPP and PCAPP. This study was initiated on June 27, 2019. The National Academies selected committee members with extensive past experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental regulation, environmental safety, hazardous materials handling and disposal, industrial engineering, industrial hygiene, and occupational safety and health. The Committee on Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants was established to accomplish this task. A committee meeting was on August 13-16, 2019. At this meeting, the committee engaged in-depth with Ms. Amy Dean, senior project engineer, U.S. Army Futures Command, who has participated in several previous closure efforts, and Mr. Jeffrey Brubaker, technical advisor to the site project manager, BGCAPP, who managed the closure of the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (NECDF). The committee also engaged in several rounds of questions to PEO ACWA and received historical closure information regarding the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS), the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF), the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (PBCDF), and the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility(UMCDF). Attachment A contains the committee roster and biographies. Attachment B contains the references. Attachment C contains a list of acronyms used in this report. Attachment D acknowledges the reviewers. Attachment E is a listing of relevant state-specific hazardous waste codes under applicable regulations. Sincerely, Timothy J. Shepodd, Chair Committee on Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 Mailing Address: 500 Fifth Street, NW, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20001 Phone 202.334.3505 www.national-academies.org

Attachments A Roster and Biographical Information B References C Acronyms D Acknowledgment of Reviewers E State-Specific Lists of Chemical Agents and Related Materials as Hazardous Wastes This study was supported by Contract No. W911NF-14-1-0200 P00009 with the Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project. International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-67334-1 International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-67334-8 Digit Object Identifier: https://doi.org/10.17226/25721 Copyright 2020 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25721. 2

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The Committee on Initial Closure Planning for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants was tasked to review documents related to the closure of legacy chemical demilitarization plants and use their expert judgment to identify key areas and issues that should be considered when planning for closing Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants (BGCAPP and PCAPP). This letter report presents those key issues in the following three broad categories: decontamination and hazardous waste; worker safety and industrial hygiene; and environmental safety, regulations, and permitting.

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