Potomac River Range Testing May Produce Very Loud Noise July 13-17

News Release, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Public Affairs Office

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Potomac River Middle Danger Zone Access to be Restricted during Testing

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) plans to conduct range testing Monday through Friday, July 13-17, that could produce very loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Testing is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone – as described in 33 CFR 334.230 – will be restricted during testing.

Due to the dynamic nature of research, development, test, and evaluation operations, range schedules can change frequently. For daily updates on range operations and test schedules, call the NSWC Dahlgren Range and Weapons Testing toll-free hotline at (877) 845-5656.

Monday, July 13

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/AA Fuze Range

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/North Main Range Gate 1/North Main Range Gate 2/Fuze Road Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, July 14

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/AA Fuze Range

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/North Main Range Gate 1/North Main Range Gate 2/Fuze Road Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, July 15

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/AA Fuze Range

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/North Main Range Gate 1/North Main Range Gate 2/Fuze Road Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

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Thursday, July 17

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/AA Fuze Range

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/North Main Range Gate 1/North Main Range Gate 2/Fuze Road Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Friday, July 17

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: None
* Noise Down Range: None
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: None
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

For more information on the range schedule, call the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.


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