The Munitions Response Program (MRP) was initiated in 2001 after Congress directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to identify and then prioritize its munitions response sites as part of the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP). The MRP is designed to clean up discarded military munitions, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and their chemical residues at closed ranges and munitions disposal sites. It does not include range cleanup and sustainability activities at operational ranges.
The Department of the Navy’s (DON’s) MRP is modeled after the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) and is implemented using the process developed for cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The MRP must also address the unique explosive safety hazards associated with munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) at Navy and Marine Corps locations not designated as operational ranges. Funding for the MRP is identified separately from IRP funding.
To learn more, visit the Munitions Response webpage for more detailed information on process, resources, and tools related to this topic.