Military Munitions Response Program Updates
Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD)
• DoD established the MRD to foster communication and collaboration between representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoD Components, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State environmental regulators, and Federal Land Managers (FLMs). These entities will use their experiences and expertise to exchange views, information, and advice relating to managing or implementing the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).
• The MRD had a face-to-face meeting on January 14-15, 2014. During the meeting, DoD, EPA, State environmental regulators, and the FLMs provided updates on munitions-related initiatives. Attendees participated in breakout sessions to discuss land use controls; and advanced classification technology, including data quality, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and training.
• The next face-to-face meeting will be in May 2014.
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Demonstrations
• DoD is committed to transitioning advanced classification for regular use in the private sector. Advanced classification improves the efficiency of munitions cleanup by discriminating between UXO and harmless metal objects (e.g., horseshoes, iron rock, fragments, munitions debris) with almost perfect reliability.
• DoD has completed or is in the process of conducting classification site demonstrations at 17 sites to date. Demonstrations are currently underway for Hawthorne Army Depot, NV; Fort Bliss, TX; Former Camp Ellis, IL; Former Waikoloa Maneuver Area, HI; Former Southwestern Proving Ground, AR; New Boston AFS, NH; and Guam; with a comprehensive “end-to-end” demonstration planned for San Luis Obispo, CA in the summer of 2014.
• For more information about the UXO demonstrations, please visit this website.
• For more information about the dangers posed by UXO and munitions of concern, please visit this website.