Munitions and Explosives of Concern Anomaly Avoidance Support for Site Construction and Development, Nationwide

Weston brings deep expertise to provide Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) anomaly avoidance support at Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) for a private developer.

Weston provides qualified unexploded ordnance (UXO) personnel to serve as escorts during intrusive activities, including geotechnical drilling, earth moving, utility installation, and others to protect construction personnel from the hazards associated with UXO. Our client for this project is an industrial developer required by USACE to follow MEC avoidance protocols when performing any earth disturbance or construction at this FUDS. The site historically stored and shipped ordnance for the U.S. Army. Areas of Concern (AOCs) have been identified where boosters, fuzes, projectiles, and other discarded military munitions were destroyed by burning or detonation, and others where items may have been buried in disposal pits.

Our UXO escort utilizes specialized equipment to recognize material potentially presenting an explosive hazard (MPPEH). If MPPEH is identified, avoidance protocols require work to move away to an anomaly-free location if possible, or if identified as an immediate hazard, avoidance procedures require qualified personnel to destroy the item in-place or move it to an area where it can be destroyed safely.

Weston has provided anomaly avoidance support at multiple locations during different phases of work, including geotechnical testing and sampling using direct-push drilling and test trenching with heavy equipment. Weston personnel adjusted schedules accordingly to provide the necessary support at the convenience of the contractor.