While the bulk of our chemical weapons have been destroyed through conventional thermal destruction (incineration) processes, communities in Kentucky and Colorado successfully lobbied their congressional representatives to prohibit the Army from using incineration to destroy the stockpiles of nerve agents and skin-blistering agents stored at two installations in those states. Instead, those sites were mandated to identify, design, and construct all-new facilities in which alternative, first-of-a-kind technologies would be used to destroy the remaining stockpiles. Committees convened by the National Research Council have, throughout the process, held periodic and independent technical reviews and provided technical expertise to address issues that arose during design and construction.
Professor Herek Clack is a member of a committee that evaluated the proposed process and recommended modifications. The group is the National Academies Committee on the Effects of the Deletion of Chemical Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant; the report is titled Effects of the Deletion of Chemical Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant.
To learn more about the report, please visit the National Academy Press website.