Report By Carol Harvey, Investigative Reporter, The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper
MPPEH is a designation for material that is owned or controlled by DOD that, prior to determination of its explosive safety status, potentially contains explosive hazards and/or munitions. MPPEH is addressed by DOD Instruction 4140.62, “Material Potentially Presenting an Explosive Hazard,” November 25, 2008.
DLA Disposition Services must ensure that only Material Documented as Safe (MDAS) may be released to the public. As such, MPPEH property requires an MDAS Certification or Inert Certification prior to turn-in.
MDAS/Inert Certification must be included or attached to the DD Form 1348-1A and on each container/property.
- Munitions containers and packaging material
- Munitions debris remaining after munitions use
- Demilitarization residue
- Disposal and range-related debris
Material potentially containing a high enough concentration of explosives such that the material presents and explosive hazard such as: equipment, drainage systems, holding tanks, piping, and ventilation ducts that were associated with munitions productions, demilitarization, or disposal operations.
MDAS is MPPEH that has been assessed and documented as not presenting an explosive hazard. MDAS Certification requires two independent signatures by trained and certified personnel.
The first signatory must be a technically-qualified, DOD employee or DOD Contractor who either witnessed or performed the initial 100-percent inspection or DDESB (Defense Explosive Safety Board)-approved processing of the material.
The second signatory must be a technically-qualified, U.S. citizen who is either a DOD employee or DOD Contractor who either performed or witnessed the 100-percent re-inspection or conducted an independent quality assurance inspection of processed material using an approved sampling method.
Each signatory must ensure the chain of custody was maintained before signing the explosives safety documentation.
The following MPPEH will be accepted by DLA Disposition Services as long as the MPPEH is certified Inert and includes an Inert Certification:
- Small arms and light weapons (complete weapon)
- Barrel assembly and upper receiver
- Ammunition pouches/outer tactical vests/individual load-bearing equipment/Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE)
- Ammunition magazines and clips
- Bandoleers and ammunition belts
- Dummy munitions