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Authors:Janne Kjellsson: Swedish Defence Forces, Sweden
Publication title:Investigation; Mapping; and Location of Dumped Ammunition. A Project of the Swedish Armed Forces
Conference:Proceedings from the Third International Disposal Conference; Karlskoga; Sweden; 10–11 November; 2003
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:009
Article No.:011
Abstract:Old ammunition and explosives have been dumped in the Baltic Sea; small lakes; and depleted mines up to 1965. So far; the Swedish Armed Forces have mapped 106 different dump sites; most of them in lakes (75) and in the Baltic Sea (25). The locations are spread all over the country. When the Armed Forces started this project; the purpose was to:
  • find the exact location for each dumping;
  • investigate the risks for the environment and decide what sort of environmental influence is possible in the future;
  • assess the likelihood of spontaneous combustion;
  • explore the possibilities of salvaging the ammunition; if needed.

A short summary of the results of our investigations and tests is:
  • there are no good methods to locate ammunition buried in the bottom sediment of the sea;
  • dumped ammunition is not harmful to the environment;
  • there is no risk of spontaneous combustion as long as you do not move the ammunition;

there is no reason; from an environmental point of view; to salvage dumped ammunition.
Language:English
Year:2003
No. of pages:4
Pages:55–58
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/009/011/ecp030911.pdf
Available:2003-11-07
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

REFERENCE TO THIS PAGE
Janne Kjellsson (2003). Investigation; Mapping; and Location of Dumped Ammunition. A Project of the Swedish Armed Forces, Proceedings from the Third International Disposal Conference; Karlskoga; Sweden; 10–11 November; 2003 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=009;article=011 (accessed 11/27/2014)