2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 26 Jul 2005 15:06:22 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RAND Study on estimating Munitions Response costs
"Unexploded Ordnance Cleanup Costs: Implications of Alternative
Protocols," by Jacqueline MacDonald and Carmen Mendez, RAND Corporation, 2005.

Military downsizing has resulted in the closure of numerous military
bases that once hosted military training and weapons testing activities.
Ultimate plans call for many of these former range areas to be
transferred or sold to civilians - either to other government agencies
or to private landowners. The presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) -
bombs, grenades, rockets, and other munitions that have been primed and
launched but failed to detonate - has interfered with efforts to
transfer and sell this land because of the potential hazards it poses to
civilians. All types of ordnance have a failure rate, ranging from a few
percent to 30 percent. As a result, unexploded munitions that could
still detonate at some future time are inevitably present on any land
where the military has trained with or tested weapons.

The research presented in this monograph explores issues related to the
cost of cleaning up UXO. The analysis illustrates that the costs to
search for and excavate UXO can vary by orders of magnitude depending
upon the process used and the clearance requirements. Since final
agreements on these processes and requirements have not been reached at
many UXO sites, the estimates of total cleanup costs remain speculative.


To download or order the 15-page summary or 110-page full document, go to


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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