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SERDP and ESTCP have launched a webinar series to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed through projects funded in five program areas. The webinar series targets Department of Defense and Department of Energy practitioners, the regulatory community and environmental researchers with the goal of providing cutting edge and practical information that is easily accessible at no cost.
The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Weapons Systems and Platforms Program Area have initiated an effort to develop a strategy to eliminate >90% of cadmium (Cd) and hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) in use at Department of Defense (DoD) maintenance depots over the next five years. The strategy includes objectives, metrics, and actions to demonstrate how this reduction can be achieved through multiple site demonstrations, leveraging DoD resources to replicate processes across the DoD depot community, and developing a future path for success in the advanced coatings area. As part of this effort, installation-specific implementation plans were developed in coordination with Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), and Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC), and these efforts were used to inform the Strategy. Likewise, the Implementation Plans track back to the overall Advanced Coating 5-Year Strategy and Roadmap, maintaining consistency with DoD’s strategic vision as it pertains to Cr6+ and Cd reduction.
Following an introduction to and background discussion of this effort, the webinar will be divided into two parts. The first one will be a discussion of the Advanced Coatings 5-Year Strategy and Roadmap, and will include an overview of DoD-wide data analysis, processes, and weapon systems impacted with a focus on Cd and Cr6+ reduction goals and the objectives, metrics, and key actions necessary to achieve these goals. The second part of the webinar will involve a discussion of the three depot-specific implementation plans generated at LEAD, FRCSE, and OC-ALC. Each will be described in detail and will provide summaries of the processes observed and documented during site visits, data analyses, and recommendations for implementation of the Cd and Cr6+ reduction strategy.
Mr. Scot Bryant is a Principal Environmental Engineer at Noblis where he primarily supports SERDP/ESTCP and the Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC). Mr. Bryant has 23 years of experience working with the DoD with a focus on maintenance depots and weapon systems. Many of the projects he has supported over his career involve identifying, testing, demonstrating, and implementing technologies for industrial processes, as well as re-engineering existing processes. Process areas include organic coatings and painting, coatings removal, plating, surface engineering, and gross and precision cleaning. Mr. Bryant has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.