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?
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Chemical Fact Sheet - HMX
What is HMX?
How is HMX used at MMR?
Where is HMX found at MMR?
HMX has been detected in groundwater at MMR at and downgradient of the Impact Area, Demolition Area 1, and the J Ranges area. HMX has also been detected in the groundwater outside of 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.
None of the detections of HMX to date exceed the current lifetime Health Advisory guidance level for HMX in drinking water.
How might I be exposed to HMX?
Is exposure to HMX likely to cause cancer?
How may HMX affect my health?
There is no information available as to whether or not HMX can cause cancer in animals or in people. Information on adverse health effects is limited. In one human study, no adverse effects were reported in workers who breathed HMX. However, concentrations of HMX in the workplace air were not reported in this study and only a small number of workers with effects were investigated. Studies in rats, mice and rabbits indicate that HMX may be harmful to the liver and central nervous system if it is swallowed or gets on the skin. It is not known if HMX can affect the ability to have children or if it can cause birth defects.
What Federal and State standards exist to protect public health and the