Unexploded Ordnance - Military munitions that have been primed, fuzed, armed, or otherwise prepared for action and that have been fired, dropped, launched, projected, or placed in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to operations, installation, personnel, or material and remain unexploded by malfunction, design, or any other cause
The supply of fresh water found beneath the earth's surface
The training location where artillery and mortar targets were placed and fired at (Camp Edwards has a 5,000 acre impact area)
This fact sheet is a part of a series of chemical fact sheets to address community concerns on public health and environmental issues associated with the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR).
Where can I get more information about this chemical?
What is the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program?
Once the type and location of any contamination is determined, measures will be conducted to abate any threat to public health and the environment.
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Chemical Fact Sheet - RDX
What is RDX?
How is RDX used at MMR?
Where is RDX found at MMR?
RDX has been detected in groundwater at MMR at and downgradient of the Impact Area, Demolition Areas 1 and 2, and the J Ranges area. RDX has been detected in groundwater outside of the current MMR property, near the northern area of Snake Pond. It is believed that the detections in the Snake Pond area originated from sources in the J Ranges area.
How might I be exposed to RDX?
Is exposure to RDX likely to cause cancer?
No studies have been conducted on whether oral consumption (drinking or eating) of RDX by people could cause cancer.
How may RDX affect my health?
In scientific experiments conducted on rats and mice eating RDX for 3 months resulted in decreased body weights, kidney damage and liver tumors in mice. When large amounts are inhaled or eaten, RDX can cause seizures (problems with the nervous system) in humans and animals. While it is not known if the health effects seen in laboratory animals will be the same for people, the results of animal studies are used to predict potential health effects in people. Laboratory studies in pregnant rats resulted in smaller offspring but similar effects were not seen in rabbits. There is no information that RDX causes birth defects in people.
What Federal and State standards exist to protect public health and the