Evaluation of Chemical Events at Army Chemical Agent by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Evaluation of Chemical Events at Army Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities

For over a decade the military has been undertaking a software geared toward the destruction of accrued chemical guns saved at numerous websites. whereas destruction via incineration has been winning, a number of incidents -- known as chemical occasions -- happened throughout the disposal approach or decontamination actions that raised a few public issues concerning the defense of operations of 3 3rd new release incineration amenities. for that reason, the Congress requested the NRC to enquire no matter if the incidents offer details beneficial to aid determine secure operation of the long run websites. This ebook provides an research of motives of and responses to previous chemical occasions, implications of such occasions for ongoing and destiny demilitarization actions, and proposals for getting ready for destiny occasions.

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When principals delegate complex tasks, they create a relationship in which the agents on whom they rely are more knowledgeable about the task than are the principals. Agents design, test, construct, operate, and modify the chemical demilitarization facilities and have intimate knowledge of these steps, while principals often rely on agents for such knowledge. This kind of information asymmetry may place the principal at a disadvantage in overseeing the safety and effectiveness of the program, and necessitates monitoring and control mechanisms that are specified in the relevant laws and contracts.

A verbal presentation was made and submitted in writing by Gary Harris, a former employee and whistle-blower at the Chemical Agent Munitions Disposal System (CAMDS) facility and at TOCDF, at the committee’s meeting of October 18, 2001. A verbal presentation was made by Suzanne Winters, chair, Utah Citizens Advisory Commission (formerly science advisor to the governor of Utah), at the committee’s meeting of October 18, 2001. A set of 69 Notices of Violation at TOCDF issued by the State of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, on February 13, 2001, was reviewed.

Normal tasks—that the system was attempting to accomplish before the adverse event occurred. Examples are maintenance and operations. Latent failures—conditions present in the system for some time before the incident, but evident only when triggered by unusual states or events. Examples include equipment design deficiencies, unexpected configurations of munitions, or routine ignoring of standard operating procedures. Active failures—events before which there were no adverse consequences and after which there were.

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