Audit on MEC Processes on Guam Reveals Inadequacies

Washington, DC The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense released Report Number DODIG-2020-093, "Audit of the Department of Defense's Processes to Identify and Clear Munitions and Explosives of Concern During Construction on Guam." The audit sought to "determine whether DoD personnel implemented safety standards and quality assurance controls for addressing MEC during military construction projects on Guam, and whether DoD personnel properly managed safety concerns and readiness related to MEC on Guam in accordance with military standards and risk-management instructions."

The study reviewed the overall MEC clearance process for military construction (MILCON) projects at Joint Region Marianas (JRM), the joint U.S. military command on Guam. It is estimated that The Battle of Guam during WWII resulted in some 11,000 MEC items due to heavy air, sea, and land bombings.


DoD Releases Annual DERP / MMRP Report to Congress

The annual report outlining the progress made in the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) during FY2006 was submitted to Congress. The report provides a status of the Installation Restoration Program and Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) sites. MMRP sites include sites on active DoD installations, BRAC installations, and Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS). A new addition to the FY2006 annual report was an update on the munitions sea disposal sites historical archives review and inventory. Summaries of the MMRP and munitions sea disposal findings are provided below.


Air Force Issues Explosives / Chemical Safety Submission Guidance

The Air Force released a guidance document designed for Munitions Response Program (MRP) Managers on preparing explosive and chemical safety documents for Air Force Safety Center (AFSC) and Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board (DDESB) review and approval. The document is presented as a guidebook that provides various real world examples of five Explosives Safety Submission (ESS) / Chemical Safety Submission (CSS) documents.

The guidebook presents six levels of sites starting from sites that have been strictly used for small arms where no ESS is required. For this category, the guidebook suggests that observance of the guidance may help if UXO is ultimately found at the site. The other levels are organized by relative risk and include Low Risk, Medium Risk, High Risk, and Worst Case Risk sites. The document provides five real world examples of ESS / CSS documents (one from each category of sites from low to worst case risk). Lessons learned from each real world example are provided along with copies of the comments and communications between command level personnel, AFSCA, DDESB and in some cases Stakeholders for reference.


GAO Reports on DoD's Sustainable Range Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on DoD's Operational Range Sustainment Program, "Military Training: Improvement Continues in DoD's Reporting on Sustainable Ranges but Additional Time is Needed to Fully Implement Key Initiatives". The GAO report was prepared in response to the requirements listed in the FY2003 Defense Authorization Act (Section 366). Section 366 required the DoD Services to conduct an inventory of their operational ranges and to develop and report on a plan for the sustainment of those ranges. Section 366 required DoD to submit status reports on those plans on an annual basis between FY 2005 through 2008. DoD submitted the first plan in February 2004, its second annual report in July 2005, and a third and current annual report in February 2006. Section 366 also tasked the GAO to conduct an evaluation of those reports on an annual basis and report their findings to Congress.


Army Releases Best Management Practice Manual For Small Arms Ranges

The Army released a Best Management Practice (BMP) manual as a guide for the range community on how to address or mitigate any identified areas of concern on small arms ranges. The manual provides guidance to support the selection and implementation of management methods for erosion or lead migration issues based on site specific use and environmental characteristics. The range area evaluation procedures, range operation and management strategies and range modification guidance discussed in the BMP Manual are designed to be low cost and feasible approaches for any installation to use to improve the environmental quality and insure the long-term sustainability of essential training areas. This manual will serve as a reference to small arms range design manuals and guidelines issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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