SELECT FINAL DISPOSAL AREA
The following factors must be considered when selecting a disposal area for CB munitions.
1. Prevailing wind direction. Consideration must be given to the direction of prevailing winds, so that
toxic vapors will not be carried into inhabited areas occupied by friendly troops. The site must be
downwind of any population center.
2. High, open terrain. This type of terrain is preferred to facilitate the dispersal of any agent vapor
cloud that might be formed. Agent clouds will tend to seek low areas and will move slowly in forests
or heavy vegetation.
3. Maximum distance from critical areas. In addition to being downwind (based on-prevailing winds)
the site should be located as far as practical from ammunition storage areas, inhabited buildings,
training areas, highways, railroads and airports in respect to fragmentation hazards as well as agent
vapor cloud travel.
4. Cleared area. A minimum radius of 60 meters should be clear of combustibles. This is to prevent
uncontrolled burning of possibly contaminated surfaces. This area should be designated as a
restricted area and should be fenced and posted if it is to be used on a recurrent basis.
5. Warning devices. Both visible and audible warning devices are required, i.e., range flag, klaxon
horn, or siren.
6. Exclusion area. An exclusion area must be established to prevent unprotected personnel from
encountering agent vapors or clouds during active disposal operations. The size of this area can be
predetermined and a limit established for the amount and type of agent that may be destroyed or
the size may be determined for each disposal operation. All normal entrances and access routes
into the exclusion area must be blocked and marked.
7. Aid station. Aid station, PDS and firefighting equipment must be readily available during each
disposal operation. The aid station and the PDS may be minimal if more extensive facilities are
8. Bunker or revetment. A bunker or revetment should be provided for protection of operating
personnel from fragments.
9. Communications. Communications should be established from the disposal area to firefighting and