Environmental Assessment: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mission Beddown Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The U.S. Air Force Reserve USAFR proposes to beddown a new explosive ordnance disposal EOD mission at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station MSPARS, located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The new EOD mission would employ six full-time Air Force Reservists at MSPARS and train up to eight traditional reservists for the EOD mission. The proposed location for the EOD mission beddown facility is Building 750 at MSPARS, which would be renovated and expanded to the required 11,000 square feet needed for the mission. An off-range training area would be established at Area B of MSPARS, located approximately 2 miles from the main base, adjacent to the Minnesota River. Area B contains a closed landfill and an active MSPARS small arms firing range. Two alternative sites are available for the EOD proficiency range, which involves individual detonations of up to 5 pounds of C-4 explosive. Both sites are located on existing ordnance testing and training ranges within 2 hours driving time from MSPARS. One site is at the Alliant Techsystems ATK Proving Ground ATPG in Elk River, Minnesota, an active ordnance and military explosives testing site within 1- hour driving distance from MSPARS. The other site is located at Camp Ripley, a Minnesota Army National Guard MNARNG training base approximately 2 hours driving distance north of MSPARS. Camp Ripley is regularly used for Army training involving high explosives and artillery detonations. The exact design details of the proficiency range facilities have not been determined, but both alternative sites are secured to prevent public access. The Proposed Action includes the use of both alternative proficiency range sites, ATPG and Camp Ripley, in order to avoid training delays if one site is temporarily unavailable.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Environmental Health and Safety