Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP)

Background

The DoD recognizes its responsibility to protect the public from the potential hazards associated with military operations, both past and present. This is particularly true with regard to the DoD's use of military munitions in training and testing. The DoD developed the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) in 2001 to addresses munitions-related concerns, including explosive safety, environmental, and health hazards from releases of unexploded ordnance (UXO), discarded military munitions (DDM), and munitions constituents (MC) found at locations other than operational ranges on active and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) installations and Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) properties. The MMRP addresses non-operational range lands with suspected or known hazards from m munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) which occurred prior to September 2002, but are not already included with an Installation Response Program (IRP) site cleanup activity.

Program Drivers

Program Oversight

The Army assigned the U.S. Army Environmental Center (USAEC) the primary responsibility for completing the inventory for all active, BRAC, excess property, FUDS, and state-owned-and-operated National Guard Bureau installations, as required by the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the executing manager for the inventory project.

Program Management Manual for MMRP for Active Installations (September 2009) developed by U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) provides information, resources, and tools to implement the MMRP at U.S. Army active installations.

Program Activities

The MMRP program prioritizes sites for cleanup based on risk to human health and the environment. The Army maintains an inventory of its munitions response sites and assigns a relative priority to each.

Munitions response sites within the DoD's MMRP will not be completed for several decades. The Army 3Rs (Recognize, Retreat, Report) Explosives Safety Education Program will be part of the interim Explosives Safety Management efforts for these sites.

Additional information can be found on MMRP in the Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report to Congress (DEP ARC). Current and previous DEP ARC documents are located on the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) website. Information can also be searched using the Knowledge-Based Corporate Reporting System (KBCRS). This web site serves as an additional resource to the DEP ARC, by providing a variety of helpful fact sheets on DEP status and progress.

The Munitions Inventory Module of the KBCRS gives DoD the ability to reconcile defense sites with states, Native American tribes, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal land managers. The module offers a wide range of search vehicles to generate reports, maps, and inventories of the MMRP. The Munitions module also allows the reviewers to comment on concerns they have regarding the munitions sites listed or sites that should be included, but were omitted.

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MMRP Useful Links