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Department of the Army
Headquarters, Military Traffic Management Command
200 Stovall Street Alexander, VA 22332-5000
May 19, 2005
Reply to Attention of
Office of the Deputy to the Commander
Dr. Robert A. McGuire
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety
United States Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, SW. Washington, DC 20590
Dear. Dr. McGuire: As the representative for the Department of
Defense (DOD), the Military Surface Distribution and Deployment
Command (SDDC) would like to thank your office for its continued
support in providing DOD with its numerous transportation
exemptions and Competent Approval Authorities. These documents are
vital to the accomplishment of our mission and critical to the success of the
Global War on Terrorism.
The DOD’s record of safe transportation of depleted uranium (DU)
ammunition is flawless. There has never been a single safety
incident concerning DODO DU ammunition shipments. Despite that
fact, DOT-E 9649, (governing the shipment DU ammunition) is one of the few documents on which our two agencies have not been able to reach an agreement.
We believe that failure to renew the exemption may possibly
interrupt the movement of these critical munitions to our forces in
Afghanistan and Iraq. The cost of our compliance with the currently
exempted standards may reach as high as $50 million; and it may
cost prohibitive given our current fiscal restraints.
The DOD looks forward to working with DOT on this critical issue.
Please have your office contact Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wyrosdick
at (757) 878-7518 so our staffs can continue to work toward a
mutually beneficial resolutions. You[r] continued cooperation is
Patricia M. Young
Deputy to the Commander