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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–Sacramento

The Army National Guard Non-Department of Defense Owned Non-Operational Defense Site (NDNODS) program is a nationwide effort to identify former training areas where Guardsmen used munitions for training. This effort is focused on training that historically occurred on non-Department of Defense (DoD) federal, state, tribal, and privately-owned properties that were never owned by the military. The NDNODS inventory is an extension of the DoD’s responsibility under the Military Munitions Response Program to identify and address old training areas where munitions or constituents from munitions, if present, could be a safety hazard and pose a risk to human health or the environment. The Military Munitions Response Program is the DoD’s response to the Congressional 2002 Defense Authorization Act requiring the inventory and restoration of Defense Sites.

EA is conducting the NDNODS inventory for the Western Region of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. Preliminary surveys show the majority of NDNODS are small arms ranges (rifle, pistol, etc.) and maneuver areas. Artillery training occurred on some sites. Indoor ranges, active private gun clubs, and battlefields are not eligible for inclusion in the inventory. Field visits are conducted on eligible sites by EA Unexploded Ordnance Technicians to determine if munitions and explosives of concern are present. At the conclusion of each state/territory inventory, EA produces a final report detailing the inventory, NDNODS identified, and providing draft munitions response site prioritization protocols. To date, EA has identified and conducted over 385 field visits to eligible NDNODS. Additionally, draft reports for the 25 Western Region States and Guam have been completed and provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Environmental Command, and National Guard Bureau.