Presentation on theme: "OPERATIONAL RANGE ASSESSMENT PLAN"— Presentation transcript:
1 OPERATIONAL RANGE ASSESSMENT PLAN Ms. Emily McBride & Mr. Adam Cooper Environmental Range Initiatives Office of the Air Force Civil EngineerMay 2006
2 PURPOSE Status Intent Details Implementation This briefing is going to cover 4 main topics.Where the AF plan currently isThe Purpose or intent of the planSome details about the planAnd, the implementation approach
3 STATUSAF Deputy Civil Engineer has required operational range assessments at all Air Force Operational RangesAF Operational Range Assessment Plan (ORAP) for Tier 1 ranges is completeA comprehensive ORAP for Tier 1, 2, and 3 ranges is underwayThree pilot assessments have been conducted and completedDecentralized execution to begin in FY07This slide illustrates were the AF’s plan is currentlyThe Deputy CE has tasked all the MAJCOMs to conduct assessments at their Operational RangesThe Operational Range Assessment Plan has been completed. This is the guidance that the MAJCOMs and Installations will follow when they conduct their range assessmentsIn developing the ORAP HQ AF conducted pilot assessments at 3 ranges to ensure the plan was viable and effectiveDecentralized execution is ready to begin.Program responsibility falls at the MAJCOM and Range/Installation Levels.HQ AF does not execute. Our role is to provide guidance and directionThis is important when examining external stakeholder communications and reporting. – will talk to later in brief
4 INTENTThe Air Force is committed to sustaining its operational test and training ranges.Operational range assessments are a range management tool that supports range sustainability.This is our goal – the purpose of the program:Sustain our ranges to ensure future availability and capabilityIt is important to note that this is a range management or range sustainment tool.This is not a clean-up program
5 ORAP DETAILS – PRIORITIZATION AF Operational ranges owned, operated, leased or withdrawnRanges not Included:Small arms ranges assessed under compliance programs equivalent to the ORAPIndoor ranges / recreational ranges due to definitionTier 1 (Sep 08): CONUS air-to-ground rangesTier 2 (Sep 10): Overseas air-to-ground ranges, stand-alone EOD ranges, grenade ranges, etc.Tier 3 (Sep 12): Small arms rangesNow were going to discuss some of the details of the ORAPIn order to facilitate the development of better guidance and more efficient assessment execution,the ranges were prioritized based on mission criticality and relevance.3 Tiers – as shownTier 1 – Majority of acreage / Most mission criticalBased on the Air Force submittal to OSD’s 2005 Section 366 report to congressLargest assets in terms of acreage – Most are stand alone assets – Geographically separated from a AF base or installation17 Tier 1 Range Complexes / 5.72 Million Acres / 81.1% of Inventory acreageTier 2 – Mostly contained within or adjacent to an existing AF base or installation.191 Ranges / 1.31 Million Acres / 18.6% of Inventory acreageTier 3 – Least amount of acreage. Mostly contained within existing AF installations.109 Ranges / 0.02 Million Acres / 0.3 % of Inventory acreageThe dates represent when the assessments will be complete for each of the tiers.….may be completed earlier, but not later than….allows for more flexible funding.
6 ORAP DETAILS – MUNITIONS CONSTITUENTS ORAP list of munitions constituents includes:1,3,5-Trinitrobenzene1,3-Dinitrobenzene2,4,6-Trinitrotoluent (TNT)2,4-diamino-6-nitrotoluene2,6-diamino-4-nitrotoluene2,4-Dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT)2,6-Dinitrotoluene (2,6-DNT)2-Amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene4-Amino-2,6-dinitrotoluene2-Nitrotoluene3-Nitrotoluene4-NitrotolueneHexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX)Methyl-2,4,6-trinitorphenylnitramine, (Tetryl)NitrobenzeneNitrocellulose (NC)Nitroglycerin (NG)NitroguanidineOctahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX)PerchloratePentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN)ChromiumLeadWhite PhosphorusList of Munitions constituents that are included in the ORAP’s Master list.Bolded MCs are required by the DoDIBased on Munitions used at a particular range, this list will be modified during the actual assessment process.…..DU as an exampleList will be modified (MCs added or removed) on a site-by-site basis based on the DQO process
7 ORAP DETAILS – Conceptual Site Model One programmatic study question:Is there migration / threat of migration of munitions constituents of concern from an operational range to an off-range area that poses an unacceptable risk to human healthQualitative Phase – develop a CSM from existing recordsComplete CSM - no source / receptor interaction identified, the assessment is over, and an assessment report produced.Incomplete CSM, collect additional data to fill gaps. Develop sampling plan and a qualitative assessment report.Quantitative Phase – gather additional dataSample to fill-in CSM data gapsIssues a quantitative assessment report summarizing all assessment activitiesThis slide lays out the main ORAP process.It is based on the EPA’s Conceptual Site Model and Data Quality Objective processesIt also follows the format required by DoDI
8 ORAP DETAILS – QUALITATIVE PHASE Range-wide, Conceptual Site Model, designed to focus qualitative assessment on potential exposure pathways.Sources: How do we expect contamination to be released? Where do these conditions exist?Receptors: Humans in proximity to potential transport/exposure medium (Based on existing EPA guidance for receptor identification).Pathways: Viable conduit for contamination to move to the receptorThis outlines the first phase of the ORAPWe will try and use as much existing documentation as possible
9 ORAP DETAILS – QUANTITATIVE PHASE If source/receptor interaction identified during qualitative assessment:Conduct Quantitative AssessmentFocus on potential exposure pathwaysSource/receptor/pathway specificSampling focused along sentry arcsX25%75%SourceSentry ArcGroundwater gradientSampling pointOutlines the second phase (quantitative phase)Sampling will only be conducted where necessary.Sampling will not be conducted unless the decision criteria point to it(ie. Just because we are sampling, does not mean we would sample for an MC that has never been used at the range)Sample first along the identified pathways at the 25% sentry arcIf sample shows MC at the 25% sentry arc, sample the 75% sentry arcIf sample shows MC at the 75% sentry arc, sample at the range boundary
10 ORAP DETAILS – RELEASE/RESPONSE Qualitative assessment results = no source-receptor interaction:Assessment report prepared, process documentedReassess in 5 years or soonerQualitative assessment results = completed source-receptor interaction:Quantitative assessment conducted to better understand if MCs are truly migratingIf MC Migration is identified:Respond to MC Migration through an existing AF environmental response program as appropriateAction steps at the conclusion of the processes.
11 ORAP DETAILS – REPORTING InternalUpon finalization, assessment reports sent to the MAJCOMHQ USAF/A7CVRI issues annual status reports to OSD.ExternalWing Commander will inform the regulators in accordance with NCP and other applicable state and federal laws.Upon completion of the assessment, final reports are made available to the public.Contractor PerformingAssessmentInstallation / RangeWing CommanderMAJCOMThe boxes show how information will move internally within the AFRange - MAJCOM - HQ – OSDExternal Reporting / OutreachOpportunity to work with involved AF parties at the different levels – represented by trianglesThe Guidance developed by Air Staff does not preclude the regulatory community from working with the local range/installation/MAJCOM POCs.Coordination and cooperation will be based on local and regional relationships.FINAL Assessments will be made available to the public
12 ORAP IMPLEMENTATION Distribution to MAJCOMs for FY07-08 execution Pilot-tests completeWarren Grove, NJ / UTTR, UT / BMGR, AZHQ AF programmed to complete 9 additional assessments in FY06MAJCOM execution subject to funding availabilityImplementation and Execution3 Range Complexes already assessed:Equals approx 2 million acres assessedAir Staff is using $ already on contract to execute assessments at 9 additional range complexes.Equals approx 300,000 acres assessedEquals 12 of 17 Tier 1 Range Complexes CompletedDare County Ranges, NC – submitting draft report 15 MayJuniper Butte, ID – submitting draft report 15 MaySaylor Creek, ID – submitting draft report 15 MayPoinsett, SC – need additional dataGrand Bay, GA - ?Edwards, CA – submitting draft report 15 MayClaiborne, LA – developing draft reportHardwood, WI – developing draft reportSmoky Hill, KS – site visit 24 AprilRemain ranges to be assessedAvon Park, FLMelrose, NMNellis Test and Training Range, NVEglin Range, FLJefferson Proving Ground, IN
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