ECBC provides sample analysis for remediation effort of Alabama arsenal

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center announced on Tuesday that it would support a long-term remediation effort at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama with near real-time monitoring capabilities.

ECBC's Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction Business Unit has supported chemical and biological solutions in environmental cleanup efforts throughout the U.S.

"CBARR is a supporting organization for many remediation efforts across the country," John Ditillo, a CBARR chemist, said. "The environmental sample analysis is a unique capability we are providing at Redstone that ensures the safety and security of the remediation process. We are just one part of a multi-faceted effort working toward a common end goal to clean up the environment."

Redstone Arsenal was built in 1941 to produce conventional chemical ammunitions for soldiers during World War II. Demilitarization efforts later called for a reduction in surplus munitions. CBARR will support the remediation efforts with environmental sample analysis at sites that used to hold munitions.

CBARR will also provide laboratory sample analysis and air monitoring for approximately 135 water and sediment samples for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Ala. The unit will use state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation capable of 24-hour operation to screen the samples for chemical warfare agents and their breakdown products.

Following the clearance of the samples, the samples will be shipped to the ECBC located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for a more detailed analysis.