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Public Notice: Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Middletown, Iowa

Publish Date: 04/20/2020


Public Notice of Emergency Permit

In order to address an imminent and substantial endangerment, the following Emergency Permit for open burning operations at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) has been issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7; Land, Chemical and Redevelopment Division; 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Emergency Permittee: U.S. Army and American Ordnance LLC

Location of Permitted Facility: Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, 17571 Des Moines County Highway 79, Middletown, Iowa 52638-5000

EPA RCRA ID#: IA7213820445

Description of Wastes: Up to 60,000 pounds of unstable M14 propellant

Activity Authorized by Emergency Permit: This Emergency Permit is being issued to temporarily increase the open burning rate to 1,500 pounds maximum per burn pan, 3,000 pounds total per hour in order to treat all unstable M14 propellent at the facility.

Reason Emergency Permit Is Necessary: IAAAP’s existing Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit allows the open burning of munitions in metal pans at a maximum rate of 140 pounds per hour. However, IAAAP must safely dispose of up to 60,000 pounds of M14 propellant determined by analysis to have a faulty stabilizer. The Army has characterized this waste as Category D, and it is considered unstable. Safety departments for the Permittees have determined the propellant is unsafe for on-site storage, and it is also unsafe for off-site transport by truck for treatment at another location. Demilitarization/treatment must be completed within a limited time frame.

Date Permit Issued: March 2, 2020

Permit Effective Dates: March 2, 2020, until May 30, 2020

The Administrative Record for this action is available for review for 45 days at the following locations during normal business hours:

Burlington Public Library
210 Court Street
Burlington, IA  52601

EPA Region 7 Records Center
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219

The Request for Emergency Permit and Emergency Permit are available on EPA’s website.

For more information, please contact Ruby Crysler, EPA Project Manager, at 913-551-7409; or Ben Washburn, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, toll-free at 800-223-0425.

Applicant or Respondent

U.S. Army and American Ordnance LLC - Iowa Army Ammunition Plant
17571 Des Moines County Highway 79
Middletown, IA 52638-5000