Department of Homeland Security: Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (Fiscal Year 2017 Report to Congress)   [open pdf - 2MB]

"CSEPP [Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program] is a whole community partnership that unites FEMA, the U.S. Army, multiple Federal departments and agencies, two States, many local governments, volunteer organizations, and the private sector. Its mission is to 'enhance existing local, installation, tribal, State, and Federal capabilities to protect the health and safety of the public, workforce, and environment from the effects of a chemical accident or incident involving the U.S. Army chemical stockpile.' In FY 2017, CSEPP continued to fulfill that mission. The Department of Defense (DoD) has completed one year, of a multiyear process, of destroying chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Colorado and continues to test systems that will destroy the stockpile at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) in Kentucky. However, the risks to the communities from the storage of chemical agents remain. FEMA is committed to maintaining its preparedness mission until the chemical stockpiles are destroyed. CSEPP has completed this mission in the communities surrounding six of the original eight chemical stockpile locations. Thanks in part to Congressional support of this program, these communities are better prepared to respond to any hazard or emergency. This year, the remaining two CSEPP communities met their preparedness goals through collaborative program management, including integrated process teams (IPTs) that brought partners together to identify program needs, develop alternatives, and implement solutions."

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