ITRC Publishes New Fact Sheets on Geophysical Classification for Munitions Response (GCMR) (http://itrcweb.org/GuidanceDocuments/GCMR-1.pdf)
Hundreds of military or former military sites across the nation are contaminated with unexploded ordnance, discarded military munitions, and other munitions and explosives of concern. Clean up is expected to cost $35 billion. Geophysical anomaly classification is a new, cutting-edge technology, in which geophysical anomalies (e.g. scrap metal, unexploded ordnance, etc.) are detected on a site with buried munitions, and then, with the use of new instruments and advanced geophysics, the anomalies are classified underground in order to determine whether or not the individual items will be removed.
These three fact sheets provide basic information about geophysical classification for munitions response from different perspectives. The Introductory Fact Sheet, published in October 2012, provides a discussion of background, existing technology, advances in technology, and ongoing technology demonstrations. Published in June 2013, the Technical Fact Sheet presents an overview of the geophysical classification technology and process, the types of terrestrial sites where this technology may be applicable, and data quality considerations. The Regulatory Fact Sheet is currently in development and is expected to be published in February 2014. You can view or download the compilation of published fact sheets for free at http://itrcweb.org/GuidanceDocuments/GCMR-1.pdf.