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Activity title

Modification of NATO STANAGs to Incorporate Range Characterization

Activity Reference

AVT-ST-007

Panel

Applied Vehicle Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Active

Activity type

ST

Start date

2018

End date

2018

Keywords

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

Background

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.

Objectives

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

Topics

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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