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Ranking Combined UXO/CSM/HTW Sites Requiring Restoration: An Initial Protocol

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The need to develop a Hazard Ranking Scoring HRS methodology was created the discovery of buried mustard gas at the Raritan Arsenal, a Formerly Used Defense Site FUDS in New Jersey. The U.S. Army Chemical Material Destruction Agency USACMDA was formed to address the problem. One of its major objectives is to prioritize 200 potential sites that are possibly contaminated by Chemical Surety Materials CSMs. An in-depth site characterization is required to provide high quality input data for the ranking process. A detailed site history is of utmost importance to initially achieve the systems objective. This is particularly necessary for these sites because of the wide spectrum of hazards associated with CSMs. A HRS protocol is presented in the context of investigation and restoration activities, that utilities health risk concepts as the overall unifying mechanism. It is limited to one major activity, i.e., restoration of the soil medium at potential CSM sites. A distinction is made between safety hazards and health risks based on the basic philosophies of safety professionals and risk assessors. Included in the presentation is a customized and detailed analysis of the components of the major exposure pathway, a decision matrix to assist in classifying these sites, and a generalized and all-encompassing scoring procedure for prioritization. Conclusions are derived from this initial effort to provide some guidance for future endeavors in this field.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

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