A team of researchers based with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) was recently deployed to the Sonoran Desert in order to conduct studies on the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG).
This Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) team will offer laboratory services and monitoring for areas that are suspected to have serious contamination.
The YPG area is considered contaminated. Decades ago, military officials left old munitions, military equipment and similar debris in the YPG area as part of chemical weapons testing. The desert was useful for testing the chemical agents in unusually high temperatures. All of the debris will be inspected for contamination as the CBARR team begins to plan cleanup efforts for the future.
The cleanup efforts have also received support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, as well as the Huntsville Center.
The CBARR team will offer chemical warfare materiel (CWM) laboratory testing and chemical agent air monitoring. This remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) will include two test fields: Former Waste Disposal Area (YPG-32) and the West Environmental Test Area (YPG-31).
YPG is located north of Yuma in southwestern Arizona. It was first established as an Army facility in 1943. It is one of the world’s biggest military installations. The Army and other friendly foreign nations use the YPGA area for testing munitions, air weapon systems and ground weapon systems.