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Modification of NATO STANAGs to Incorporate Range Characterization

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Contamination Quantification, Environment, MultiIncrement Sampling, Range Characterization, Range Management, STANAG, Subsampling, Updates


Range contamination from live-fire training has led to surface and groundwater contamination in several countries, resulting in the loss of ranges, restrictions in the use of ranges, and large clean-up costs. Research indicated serious flaws in existing sampling methods, initiating a number of AVT technical teams. AVT-197 gathered current knowledge in the fields of range contamination, fate and transport, and toxicity. AVT-244 provided a venue for the presentation and open discussion on range characterization which led to CDT AVT-249. Following the CDT, CSO requested the group incorporate findings into a STANAG to develop a unified approach towards range characterization.


Provide a set of proposed modifications to environmentally-related STANAGs to incorporate current technology in range characterization as developed through the AVT.


General interest in incorporation of the current state of the art for range characterization into a STANAG. 2 The most feasible route towards STANAG incorporation: Development of a new STANAG or the modification of an existing STANAG that currently incorporates range characterization (STANAGs 2594 and 6500). 3 Possible cross-participation in the NATO Environmental Protection Group to enable more effective technology transfer. 4 What to include in the STANAG, i.e. soil and surface water sampling, sample preparation, grinding of soil samples, subsampling, preparation of analytical samples.

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