Concern over the release of munitions constituents (MC) on ranges and the potential for off-site migration endangers the long-term sustainability of ranges. To ensure the long-term viability of operational ranges while protecting human health and the environment, SERDP and ESTCP have funded a significant body of basic and applied research to improve understanding of the MCs resulting from military training activities on ranges and to develop...
Testing and training require the firing of live ammunition, which can result in contamination of ranges by toxic metals and munitions constituents. SERDP and ESTCP efforts are focused on improving the military’s ability to assess and predict human and ecological risk from these contaminants and on providing effective tools and science that enable DoD to manage contaminated sites using a risk-based approach.
The risk pathway in the migration of vapors from contaminated groundwater plumes into surface and sub-surface structures is the driver for many corrective action plans and site cleanups. SERDP and ESTCP efforts have focused on developing a more robust understanding of vapor intrusion and its significance, as well as improving the current sampling methodology and risk assessment approach for vapor intrusion assessments.
Sediments contaminated with toxic chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and metalloids can be found in marine and estuarine bays, harbors, lakes, wetlands, and rivers. SERDP and ESTCP are addressing a wide variety of issues relevant to managing contaminated sediments in place and assessing the processes that govern ecological and human health risks.