National Academies releases study on Bluegrass facility

Members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Mathematics meet with PEO Conrad Whyne. | Courtesy of PEO ACWA

The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) announced Wednesday that the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have released their study on the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

The report from the National Academies states that through their evaluation of the facility, its management and its procedures, they are able to state that the facility will be able to meet expectations and perform its duties. Both the Blue Grass and Pueblo facilities have been reaffirmed by the Department of Defense and in their plans to utilize water oxidation and other biological measures to treat hydrolysate at each site.

Program Executive Officer Conrad Whyne stated that the PEO ACWA concurs with the National Academies' recommendation of ensuring that there is transparency consultations available to the community and stake holders. This would allow input from the surrounding community regarding the analysis, decision criteria and evaluations in the case of an off-site shipment of hydrolysate; this is considered to be a last resort. 

Whyne states that an expeditious back-up plan is necessary should treatment facilities not be able to meet performance standards.

 A similar study was released in March for the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

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