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Presentation on theme: "OPERATIONAL RANGE ASSESSMENT PLAN"— Presentation transcript:

Ms. Emily McBride & Mr. Adam Cooper Environmental Range Initiatives Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer May 2006

2 PURPOSE Status Intent Details Implementation
This briefing is going to cover 4 main topics. Where the AF plan currently is The Purpose or intent of the plan Some details about the plan And, the implementation approach

3 STATUS AF Deputy Civil Engineer has required operational range assessments at all Air Force Operational Ranges AF Operational Range Assessment Plan (ORAP) for Tier 1 ranges is complete A comprehensive ORAP for Tier 1, 2, and 3 ranges is underway Three pilot assessments have been conducted and completed Decentralized execution to begin in FY07 This slide illustrates were the AF’s plan is currently The Deputy CE has tasked all the MAJCOMs to conduct assessments at their Operational Ranges The Operational Range Assessment Plan has been completed. This is the guidance that the MAJCOMs and Installations will follow when they conduct their range assessments In developing the ORAP HQ AF conducted pilot assessments at 3 ranges to ensure the plan was viable and effective Decentralized 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 direction This is important when examining external stakeholder communications and reporting. – will talk to later in brief

4 INTENT The 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 capability It is important to note that this is a range management or range sustainment tool. This is not a clean-up program

AF Operational ranges owned, operated, leased or withdrawn Ranges not Included: Small arms ranges assessed under compliance programs equivalent to the ORAP Indoor ranges / recreational ranges due to definition Tier 1 (Sep 08): CONUS air-to-ground ranges Tier 2 (Sep 10): Overseas air-to-ground ranges, stand-alone EOD ranges, grenade ranges, etc. Tier 3 (Sep 12): Small arms ranges Now were going to discuss some of the details of the ORAP In 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 shown Tier 1 – Majority of acreage / Most mission critical Based on the Air Force submittal to OSD’s 2005 Section 366 report to congress Largest assets in terms of acreage – Most are stand alone assets – Geographically separated from a AF base or installation 17 Tier 1 Range Complexes / 5.72 Million Acres / 81.1% of Inventory acreage Tier 2 – Mostly contained within or adjacent to an existing AF base or installation. 191 Ranges / 1.31 Million Acres / 18.6% of Inventory acreage Tier 3 – Least amount of acreage. Mostly contained within existing AF installations. 109 Ranges / 0.02 Million Acres / 0.3 % of Inventory acreage The 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.

ORAP list of munitions constituents includes: 1,3,5-Trinitrobenzene 1,3-Dinitrobenzene 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluent (TNT) 2,4-diamino-6-nitrotoluene 2,6-diamino-4-nitrotoluene 2,4-Dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) 2,6-Dinitrotoluene (2,6-DNT) 2-Amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene 4-Amino-2,6-dinitrotoluene 2-Nitrotoluene 3-Nitrotoluene 4-Nitrotoluene Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) Methyl-2,4,6-trinitorphenylnitramine, (Tetryl) Nitrobenzene Nitrocellulose (NC) Nitroglycerin (NG) Nitroguanidine Octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) Perchlorate Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) Chromium Lead White Phosphorus List of Munitions constituents that are included in the ORAP’s Master list. Bolded MCs are required by the DoDI Based on Munitions used at a particular range, this list will be modified during the actual assessment process. …..DU as an example List 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 health Qualitative Phase – develop a CSM from existing records Complete 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 data Sample to fill-in CSM data gaps Issues a quantitative assessment report summarizing all assessment activities This slide lays out the main ORAP process. It is based on the EPA’s Conceptual Site Model and Data Quality Objective processes It also follows the format required by DoDI

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 receptor This outlines the first phase of the ORAP We will try and use as much existing documentation as possible

If source/receptor interaction identified during qualitative assessment: Conduct Quantitative Assessment Focus on potential exposure pathways Source/receptor/pathway specific Sampling focused along sentry arcs X 25% 75% Source Sentry Arc Groundwater gradient Sampling point Outlines 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 arc If sample shows MC at the 25% sentry arc, sample the 75% sentry arc If sample shows MC at the 75% sentry arc, sample at the range boundary

Qualitative assessment results = no source-receptor interaction: Assessment report prepared, process documented Reassess in 5 years or sooner Qualitative assessment results = completed source-receptor interaction: Quantitative assessment conducted to better understand if MCs are truly migrating If MC Migration is identified: Respond to MC Migration through an existing AF environmental response program as appropriate Action steps at the conclusion of the processes.

Internal Upon finalization, assessment reports sent to the MAJCOM HQ USAF/A7CVRI issues annual status reports to OSD. External Wing 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 Performing Assessment Installation / Range Wing Commander MAJCOM The boxes show how information will move internally within the AF Range - MAJCOM - HQ – OSD External Reporting / Outreach Opportunity to work with involved AF parties at the different levels – represented by triangles The 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 complete Warren Grove, NJ / UTTR, UT / BMGR, AZ HQ AF programmed to complete 9 additional assessments in FY06 MAJCOM execution subject to funding availability Implementation and Execution 3 Range Complexes already assessed: Equals approx 2 million acres assessed Air Staff is using $ already on contract to execute assessments at 9 additional range complexes. Equals approx 300,000 acres assessed Equals 12 of 17 Tier 1 Range Complexes Completed Dare County Ranges, NC – submitting draft report 15 May Juniper Butte, ID – submitting draft report 15 May Saylor Creek, ID – submitting draft report 15 May Poinsett, SC – need additional data Grand Bay, GA - ? Edwards, CA – submitting draft report 15 May Claiborne, LA – developing draft report Hardwood, WI – developing draft report Smoky Hill, KS – site visit 24 April Remain ranges to be assessed Avon Park, FL Melrose, NM Nellis Test and Training Range, NV Eglin Range, FL Jefferson Proving Ground, IN

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