The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, contracted Tetra Tech to safely remove, process, and package legacy debris from Persian Gulf War operations for shipment to and safe disposal in the United States.

The debris included Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV), an A-10 aircraft fuselage, and excavated sands that were potentially contaminated with munitions and explosives of concern, along with material potentially presenting an explosive hazard. Tetra Tech removed these materials from concrete storage vaults at Prince Sultan Air Base near Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia, where they had been stored since they were relocated from the battlefield. Tetra Tech:

  • Performed an initial Depleted Uranium (DU) survey and subsequent monitoring of all work areas
  • Removed six BFV hulls and one A-10 aircraft fuselage
  • Inspected barrels of debris for material potentially presenting an explosive hazard
  • Segregated debris into DU, non-DU contaminated material, and non-DU contaminated sand
  • Consolidated and packaged all recovered U.S. Army weapon round fragments in containers
  • Consolidated and containerized the BFV hulls and A-10 fuselage for transport
  • Minimized the spread of DU
  • Performed final survey and decontamination operations

Because of proper planning and communication among team staff and adherence to safety plans and procedures, there were no recordable injuries or lost time incidents on this project.

Highlights

  • Successfully removed and shipped 1,907 pounds of DU from the project site to the United States
  • Successfully removed and shipped 253,844 pounds of other debris
  • Earned a plaque from the Saudi Military commemorating successful completion of project goals