2019 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:06:03 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: University study: Underwater movement of unexploded ordnance
UD researchers explore the potential underwater movement of unexploded ordnance

by Adam Thomas
University of Delaware UDaily
February 26, 2019

The legacy of two world wars, live fire training exercises and the purposeful disposal of munitions in coastal waters by militaries in the United States and nations across the globe has caused concern when some of those areas are used for recreational and commercial activities, such as offshore energy initiatives.

Unexploded ordnance has been washing up on beaches for years, with one surprised fisherman reeling in a navy rocket from Rock Harbor, Massachusetts in April of 2018. Additional concern is that chemicals from these munitions could potentially leach into and contaminate ground water.

While there have been many studies on how waves and currents move munitions in sandy settings, many of the sites where these munitions of concern were dumped are located in silty, muddy settings.


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Lenny Siegel
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