December 2019 Newsletter Released

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EPA Releases Long Awaited Report on Alternative OB/OD Technologies

Washington, D.C. The EPA finally released its final report on Alternatives To OB/OD of energetic hazardous wastes after studying the topic for nearly two years. The report merely presents an overview of alternative treatment technologies organized by the following categories:

  • case opening technologies for what EPA classifies as thick and thin cased munitions;
  • energetic material removal technologies;
  • energetic material destruction technologies; and
  • decontamination technologies.

    The report presents information on several specific technologies or approaches within each category that have been used in CONUS or internationally and included technologies that were "widely tested, but had limited success."


Merry Christmas From

Season's Greetings Readers,

As the holiday season is upon us, I want take a moment to pay tribute to all the troops protecting and supporting our great country by keeping us all safe. I know many of you cannot be home for the holidays, so please know that this and all the other sacrifices you make each day do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your contributions to making this world a better, less dangerous place.

I also want to recognize all the UXO technicians who work hard throughout the year, spending countless days away from their families, especially during the holiday season. Without you, the industry would not exist. You are the lifeline that makes it successful year after year.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming new year. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in the years to come.

Best wishes for a very Happy Holiday and a safe, joyful New Year,

Jenna Client Relations Manager / OHI
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British Army EOD Responds to Beach Find

West Essex, United Kingdom Police and the Littlehampton Coastguard team were called to Pagham Beach after a member of the public found an ordnance item on the beach. The beach was closed while an Army EOD team was dispatched to the site.



UGA Professor Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Athen, Georgia Dr. Valentine Nzengung, a Professor of Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Georgia, has been named a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

Dr. Nzengung, founder of MuniRem Environmental, a company which provides innovative green remediation technologies and services for soil, buildings and equipment that have been contaminated with explosive residues.

"This is a humbling endorsement of the applied research I have focused on as a faculty member at the University of Georgia," said Dr. Nzengung. "I never thought of the solutions to environmental problems that I have developed as deserving of this very high level of recognition. My focus has been and remains developing and applying innovative solutions that benefit human health and our environment."


German Torpedo Found in Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands, United Kingdom An unexploded German torpedo was found near the Scapa Flow, a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, sheltered by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy.

According to reports, Kirkwall Airport, the main airport on the islands, was closed for three hours. The torpedo was discovered near the wreck of the HMS Royal Oak, which was sunk by a German U-boat in October 1939, soon after the start of the WWII. According to the Orkney Islands Council Harbour Authority, the Royal Navy bomb team was quoted as saying that they "will be engaged in the recovery, movement and detonation of a suspected live warhead." No further information has been given at this time.

UXO Dive Ops Planned for Governor's Island

Governor's Island, New York The USACE is planning to conduct an underwater UXO survey and investigation in the waters surrounding Governor's Island.

Governors Island formerly served as a recruitment center, supply depot, prison, and supply base where munitions were stored, tested, transported, and used for training and coastal defense. Historical research has cited that munitions may have accidentally fell or been dumped into the waters as vessels were loading and unloading munitions at the piers.



Italian Army Renders Safe WWII Era Bomb

Turin, Italy The Italian Army responded to a find of an unexploded WWII era British bomb at a construction site. A render safe procedure was performed in an approximate 8 foot deep trench. More than 10,000 people were forced to evacuate the area as technicians removed the detonator from the tail end of the bomb identified as a 500 lbs WWII era British bomb.



Man Pulls More Than Weeds From UK Garden

Plymouth, United Kingdom Jamie Williams was shocked when he pulled out a UXO from friend's garden with his bare hands. Luckily he realized the danger the item presented as he recognized it from history lessons at school.

According to reports, Williams said, "I pulled it out of the skip with my hands and I thought it was a lump of metal or a brick. I looked at it and knew straight away what it was and put it on the wall." He then called the police who cordoned off the area before Royal Navy EOD arrived to safely remove the unidentified device.


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