How It Works: Military Munitions Support Services - Protecting Against the Past

Careful mitigation measures are essential for dealing with munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) or other left-behind material that could pose an explosive threat.

Unexploded ordnance (UXO), discarded military munitions and other materials potentially presenting an explosive hazard (MPPEH), propellants, fuses, and munitions constituents and debris require delicate work to be safely identified, removed and disposed of properly.

The remediation process includes investigating the site, excavating and identifying suspect material, then removing and destroying it. Related services include emergency response support, construction support and range management.

Most remediation work is for the Department of Defense at active military bases or defense sites that have been decommissioned or are no longer used. Due diligence on almost any federal project could include MEC remediation. And there is potential for work in the private sector, such as when Burns & McDonnell performed construction support at the former Newport Chemical Depot in Indiana and discovered MEC contamination.

"There is more MEC around us than we realize," says Roy A. Phillips, UXO Master Technician and an associate in the Burns & McDonnell Environmental Group. "Thousands of munitions response sites have been identified across the country."

The three key elements for a successful project are the geophysics of finding the MEC or other contamination, the UXO technicians who are trained in dealing with it, and the oversight and communications from project management.

"For contamination to be addressed in a safe and timely manner, the team must be well-versed in regulatory requirements and military protocol," says Steve Young, associate in the Environmental Group. "Burns & McDonnell combines experience in environmental program management with the technical and military knowledge to mitigate the explosive hazards."

For more information, contact Roy Phillips, 770-510-4554, or Steve Young, 303-474-2292.

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