The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) reported the submission of a revised permit application from the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) earlier in November.
In this announcement, the office reported that the facility’s management is encouraging public comment and participation in the licensing process.
The revision was submitted to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) in order to facilitate a Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) permit. Permits of this kind have two parts. The first consists of all required forms and materials associated with location and physical space; the second is site-specific information. The revision that was submitted aims to allow increased public participation by facilitating meetings and information distribution.
BGCAPP Environmental Engineer Bill Buchanan stated that this modification also addresses necessary requirements for the facility to be able to dismantle cyanide as a part of plant processes.
A public comment period began on Nov. 12 and will last for 60 days, closing on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. A public meeting is scheduled to take place at Eastern Kentucky University in the Carl D. Perkins Building in Richmond. The meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Copies of the permit application and proposed modifications will be available for viewing in Madison County and Estill County.