WWII Era Bomb Found Behind Gas Station

Cologne, Germany Over 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes after a WWII era bomb was found behind a gas station. The UXO, identified as a U.S. 500 pound bomb was found during excavation work in the southern suburb of Cologne-Poll.

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Local Residents Demand UXO Cleanup

Samburu, Kenya Local residents of Ndonyo Nanga in Samburu East are demanding the Kenya Defence Force clear UXO from an 8,000 acre training area after two children were killed and third serious injured when they encountered UXO. According to a village elder, the rain has caused UXO to wash downstream exposing residents who use the are for livestock grazing.

The elder also stated that the children are particularly at risk since they usually play with the colorful bombs. He further explained that "Children, women and livestock are the most prone to the explosives since our people keep on moving around. Sometimes you find they have built structures where some of the explosives are buried by soil."

The Kenya Defence Force have not officially commented on the request.

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Army Commands Must Now Seek Alternatives to OB/OD

Washington, D.C. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E) issued a memorandum that Army Commands make a concerted effort to reduce reliance on Open Burn (OB) as a method for disposal of explosives-contaminated waste and explosive wastes.

Definitions are provided for "explosives-contaminated wastes" (e.g, plastic, paper, cardboard, packaging that is found by a qualified individual to be contaminated with explosives) and "explosives waste" (e.g., out of spec products, limited quantities of production waste).

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Technician's Death Sparks Equipment and Training Investigation

Washington, D.C. the death of Army National Guard EOD Specialist James Slape, who was killed in October from an IED, has reportedly caused the Army National Guard to open an investigation into whether or not training and equipment needs were sufficient for his unit.

Lt. Col. Wesley A. Parmer, a spokesman for the National Guard, said that the Army National Guard had started an investigation "into the training and equipping of the 430th EOD Company for their mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan." He provided no further details on the investigation.

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BBQ Grill Lid Mistaken for Sea Mine

Cornwall, United Kingdom part of a popular beach was cordoned off by police after it was a reported that a suspect item resembling a sea mine washed ashore. The Coastguard and police responded and setup a 150 foot exclusion zone around the item as they awaited for a Royal Navy EOD to arrive.

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EOD based in Plymouth in the early evening to investigate. According to reports from the incident, initial design features of the item including the shape, size and condition suggested that they item was a sea mine. However, after further investigation and removal of sand, the item was found to be the lid of a barbecue.

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New Congressional UXO / Demining Caucus

Washington, D.C. Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14) and David Valadao (CA-21) are co-chairs of the recently established Congressional UXO/Demining Caucus. The caucus was apparently setup with a focus on international humanitarian demining programs.

Although listed as a "new" caucus, this is not the first time that Congressional leadership setup a caucus to examine UXO issues. Several years ago, a UXO caucus was setup which was more focused on the domestic UXO problem.

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Practice Sea Mine Washed Ashore

Salvo, North Carolina A practice sea mine washed up at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The mine was found by National Park Service rangers who secured the mine and called the Navy to respond. An EOD team from Norfolk responded and transported the mine for proper disposal. EOD confirmed that the mine did not contain any explosives.

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EOD Warrior Foundation Polar Bear Plunge

Upcoming charity event - EOD Warrior Foundation Polar Bear Plunge.

Location: Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd. Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551

Date / Time: February 9, 2019, 0800

Benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation and celebrating EOD Techs and their families.

Registration now is open!!! CLICK HERE

Black Friday & Cyber Monday may be over but you can still take advantage of the $5 off special from the normal registration price of $30. Hurry - offer expires December 1.

To take advantage of this sale, enter the code POLAR5 on the right hand side of the checkout screen prior to submitting payment.

Register as an individual or gather up your friends and register as a team!

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also availble. For more information, please contact Chuck Schaaf (540-630-1772)

EOD Warrior Foundation
701 John Sims Pkwy E, Ste 305
Niceville, FL 32578
850.729.2336
info@eodwarriorfoundation.org

Senior Project Manager Position

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC is a 100% employee owned, public benefit corporation that provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 500 professionals through a network of 25 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 45 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Manager reporting to our Hunt Valley, MD office.

Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will include the proposal development and project management of munitions response projects including cost reimbursable, fixed price and performance based projects. The ideal candidate will also eagerly assist with the growth of EA's munitions response service line as a whole, including business development, professional representation of EA, and staff development.

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Geology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a closely related discipline
  • 15 + years of experience, including at least 5 years managing MMRP projects with incidental HTRW or other MEC related projects
  • Professional certification preferred (PMP, PE, PG, EOD/UXO etc.)

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UXO Found Under Idaho Highway Bridge

Boise, Idaho Two UXO items were found during construction under Idaho Highway 45 bridge over the Snake River, according to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). The first device was found on October 31 when divers were inspecting the base of the bridge pier underwater. The contractor notified the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, which contacted a bomb squad from the Nampa Police Department to retrieve the explosive device.

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