The U.S. Army's Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) currently oversees contracts for the operation of chemical agent stockpile incineration facilities at four disposal sites. Because the period of time required to dispose of these chemical agents has grown beyond that originally planned, the Army is becoming concerned about the possibility of growing operational problems as the processing equipment ages. To help address these concerns, the CMA requested the NRC to assess whether current policies and practices will be able to adequately anticipate and address facility obsolescence issues. This report presents a review of potential infrastructure and equipment weaknesses given that the facilities are being operated well beyond their original design lifetime; an assessment of the Army's current and evolving obsolescence management programs; and offers recommendations about how the programs may be improved and strengthened to permit safe and expeditious completion of agent stockpile destruction and facility closure.Problems. Relating. to. Obsolescence. in. Chemical. Demilitarization. Processing. Operations. FIGURE 2-2 Schematic of chemical demilitarization incineration furnaces ... As a practical matter, all facilities and equipment become obsolete at some point in time. ... 1Some computer-based systems can be partially upgraded, if necessary, through addition of supplemental hardware or by software changes.
|Title||:||Assessment of the Continuing Operability of Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities and Equipment|
|Author||:||Committee on Continuing Operability of Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities and Equipment, Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2007-02-08|