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FUDS Notification and Safety Education Initiative

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigates Formerly Used Defense Sites or FUDS properties pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA. The U.S. Army directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as it conducts required response actions (cleanup) such as detection, removal or remedial actions and long-term monitoring. The U.S. Army uses a risk management approach that prioritizes response actions (cleanup) at FUDS with a higher relative risk before those with a lower risk.

Given the large number of FUDS, it may be some time before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addresses the potential hazards at some sites. In the interest of public safety and in accordance with Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 4715.07 Defense Environmental Restoration Program and DOD Interim Risk Management (IRM) procedures, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is implementing IRM by conducting a Notification and Safety Education initiative at those FUDS where investigations, removal or remedial actions are not planned to be conducted for an extended period of time.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will implement Notification and Safety Education activities at eligible FUDS every five years beginning with FUDS munitions response sites that pose the greatest potential risk. These activities are designed to help reduce impacts to human health, safety and the environment until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is able to initiate required response actions (cleanup). The goal is to educate property owners and others of the actions to take to reduce risk from hazards that may remain from DOD’s past use of the property.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began implementing its Notification and Safety Education initiative in March 2015. To see how many FUDS by state have had notification and safety education implemented, and how many FUDS are scheduled to have the notification in 2016, please click here.

To learn about those FUDS where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has distributed Notification and Safety Education materials, please select a state or U.S. territory of interest below. This list will be updated as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes its notification activities.

States

Safety is a Priority

Follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety if you suspect you may have come across a military munition.

Click to view the Unexploded Ordnance Safety page of the DENIX Web site Recognize – when you may have come across a munition, and that munitions are dangerous;
Retreat – do not approach, touch, move, or disturb a suspect munition, but carefully leave the area; and
Report – immediately what you saw and where you saw it to local law enforcement – call 911.

Additional Information

For additional information view a fact sheet about IRM and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notification and Safety Education initiative or call 855-765-FUDS (3837).