The Army's ability to meet public and congressional demands to destroy expeditiously all of the U.S. declared chemical weapons would be enhanced by the selection and acquisition of appropriate explosive destruction technologies (EDTs) to augment the main technologies to be used to destroy the chemical weapons currently at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) in Kentucky and the Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Colorado. The Army is considering four EDTs for the destruction of chemical weapons: three from private sector vendors, and a fourth, Army-developed explosive destruction system (EDS). This book updates earlier evaluations of these technologies, as well as any other viable detonation technologies, based on several considerations including process maturity, process efficacy, process throughput, process safety, public and regulatory acceptability, and secondary waste issues, among others. It also provides detailed information on each of the requirements at BGAD and PCD and rates each of the existing suitable EDTs plus the Army's EDS with respect to how well it satisfies these requirements.The Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team (BPBGT), a joint venture formed by Bechtel National, Inc., and Parsons Engineering, was awarded a contract in June 2003 to design, ... This diagram does not show the secondary waste streams from the various operations. ... The metal parts are sent to the metal parts treater (MPT) for decontamination prior to their release to a public-sector facility for recycling.
|Title||:||Assessment of Explosive Destruction Technologies for Specific Munitions at the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants|
|Author||:||Committee to Review Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program Detonation Technologies, Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2009-04-22|