Chemical Warfare Materiel (CWM): Hazardous Waste or Ordnance? When Does is Matter? Who is in Charge?
CORPS OF ENGINEERS HUNTSVILLE AL
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A problem has arisen within the Army Corps of Engineers on the above issue. There are two written legal opinions within the Army, one from the Army Material Command and one from the Office of General Counsel. These opinions state that chemical munitions recovered from formerly-used defense sites are hazardous waste and therefore, all RCRA emergency provisions should be followed in Emergency Ordnance Disposal actions. This paper will highlight why this classification causes conflicts to arise when dealing with the chemical materiel, and how some environmental programs are and could be impacted in the future. This is a Department of Defense issue that needs to be reconciled now.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control