Examining Alternative Technologies for Disposal of Conventional Munitions – New Report and Webinar Dec. 6

Open burning and open detonation of excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions has been a common disposal practice for decades.  While the practice is relatively inexpensive, a downside is that it releases contaminants into the environment.  Over the years, a number of alternative technologies to this practice have come available and more are in research and development.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the conventional munitions demilitarization program at the U.S. Department of Defense, as mandated in the Fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.  The report reviews conventional munitions demilitarization stockpile and disposal technologies that are currently used, and identifies and evaluates barriers to deploying alternatives to open burning and open detonation.

The chair and other members of the committee that authored the report will present their findings and recommendations, and answer questions during a public briefing webinar beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 6. Please register for the webinar here

Participating from the committee that wrote the report:

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Advance copies of Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 5.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 6.  To obtain a copy of the report, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.