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BAE Systems, Army to hold public meeting

Staff report • Apr 2, 2019 at 9:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Holston Army Ammunition Plant’s (HAAP) environmental program will be a focus at a public meeting on April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee State University Allandale Campus, Room 236, 1501 University Blvd., Kingsport.

At the conclusion, community members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

BAE Systems, HAAP’s contractor, recently announced it will pursue installing an “enclosed thermal treatment furnace” that could eliminate the need for “open burn” activities at HAAP..

BAE pledged during a public hearing last December that it was committed to finding “safe alternatives” to open burning.

Government leadership representatives will consist of Col. Luis Ortiz, commander, Pine Bluff Arsenal; Joe Kennedy, commander’s representative, HAAP; Laura Peters, environmental engineer, HAAP; and Justine Barati, director of public and congressional affairs, Joint Munitions Command. Representatives from BAE Systems, the operating contractor, will include Bob Winstead, safety, health, and environmental director, HAAP; William Shelton, environmental manager, HAAP; and Christopher Finley, communications manager, HAAP.

HAAP is a government-owned, contractor-operated munitions installation that manufactures a wide range of explosives. HAAP is a subordinate of Pine Bluff Arsenal, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.

Further questions can be directed to Joint Munitions Command Public and Congressional Affairs Office, (309) 782-1514 or [email protected]

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