Energetic Compounds on Military Training Ranges

Energetic compounds are deposited on military ranges during training with artillery, small arms, grenades, anti-tank rockets, and explosives. If significant quantities of these compounds migrate off-range, or local ecology is impacted, then training can be restricted or suspended.

This website transfers researcher-developed knowledge on characterizing and mitigating energetics contamination to stakeholders who support training activities and environmental protection for the Department of Defense (DoD). The site offers information and recommendations based on researchers' experience, but it is not regulatory in nature. The focus is on recent (post World War II) energetic compounds deposited on terrestrial ranges.

The presented information, images, videos, and data are derived from over two decades of research at Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) laboratories, primarily the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). This research has been funded by many organizations, not limited to: the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program  (SERDP), Environmental Security Technology Certification Program  (ESTCP), Army Environmental Command (AEC), U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), and the ERDC.