CBARR unit returns to Edgewood

The Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction Business Unit of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center moved back to the Edgewood area on Monday to help air monitoring and sample analysis.

CBARR usually provides its onsite services to various locations around the country. This time, however, CBARR is using its onsite field support to provide air monitoring and sample analysis support from the E3200 block building characterization effort.

"Because of the history of the buildings, there is the potential that chemical warfare materials were used and there may be some building contamination as a result," Bill Bruchey, CBARR project manager, said. "It's the reason why we are supporting the effort to characterize the area in question."

Parsons is the prime contractor for this operation and the project is being led by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Parsons personnel will wear protective equipment when they enter the buildings to take surface samples. They will also take soil and liquid samples, as well as surveying any unknown wastes in containers and drums.

"These buildings have been abandoned for so long and are in such a state of disrepair that I think understanding the hazards and dangers of the work are paramount," Bruchey said.

Two weeks before operations were set to begin, Parsons, ECBC and USAESCH conducted a pre-operational survey. These exercises were designed to verify the site and familiarize all personnel with the operations and responses to possible scenarios.

The project is expected to run through early July.