Background: The Blue Grass Army Depot, located near Richmond, Ky., provides conventional ammunition services, chemical defense equipment management and manufacturing capabilities for the Department of Defense. The Blue Grass Chemical Activity, a tenant of the 15,000-acre depot, is responsible for safekeeping the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the depot. The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program, known as PEO ACWA, is the Department of Defense agency responsible for managing the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP). BGCAPP is being built to safely and efficiently destroy GB (sarin) and VX nerve agents in rockets and artillery projectiles, utilizing neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO). Additionally, an Explosive Destruction Technology (EDT) system will augment BGCAPP’s main pilot plant to destroy approximately 15,000, 155 mm mustard projectiles and two Department of Transportation 3A bottles containing mustard in the Blue Grass stockpile, many of which have been found unsuited for processing through the main pilot plant. BGCAPP has selected an EDT system to safely destroy the mustard stockpile deemed unsuitable for processing through the main pilot plant. Because solidification of the mustard agent was found in a significant number of mustard projectiles, rendering them unsuitable for the automated neutralization process, the EDT system will be employed to destroy the entire Blue Grass mustard stockpile to augment the main pilot plant destruction process. Following an X-ray assessment of the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile confirming solidified agent in a significant number of mustard projectiles, an Environmental Assessment and “Finding of No Significant Impact,” and a full public involvement process, PEO ACWA decided to proceed forward with use of EDT at Blue Grass. As such, the mustard-filled projectiles and two DOT bottles are the subject of this request for Class 3 Modification to BGAD’s Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Permit. BGAD, in collaboration with BGCAPP systems contractor Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass as the permit owner/operator, has formally submitted this permit modification request to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. This requested permit modification will grant regulatory approval to construct, test, operate and close the EDT system. Additionally, the purpose of the permit modification request is to demonstrate how the EDT system complies with environmental regulatory requirements. Public Meeting: A public information meeting on this permit modification request will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 14, 2014, at the Eastern Kentucky University, Carl D. Perkins Building, in Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102.
Copies for Review: A copy of this permit modification is available for review by the public during regular business hours at:
• Berea College, Hutchins Library (Special collections section), Berea, KY 40404
• Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office, 1000 Commercial Drive, Suite 2, Richmond, KY, 40475
• Eastern Kentucky University Library, 103 Crabbe Library (Government documents section), Richmond, KY 40475
• Madison County Public Library, Berea Branch, 319 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403
• Madison County Public Library, Richmond Branch, 507 West Main Street, Richmond, KY 40475
Points of Contact: Please contact George Rangel at (859) 625-1291 for more information.
The requestors’ compliance history during the life of the permit being modified is available from the Commonwealth of Kentucky by contacting Heather Alexander, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, at (502) 564-6716.
Comment Review Period: The public comment period for this permit modification request lasts 60 days, beginning March 14, 2014, and ending May 13, 2014. Written comments on the permit modification request can be submitted to:
Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Division of Waste Management
200 Fair Oaks Lane, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601-1190
Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, May 13, 2014.