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News Release
October 2, 2001

(Camp Edwards, MA) — Technicians from the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program office will detonate an unexploded munition on the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Friday, October 5, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The munition will be exploded in place because it cannot be safely transported.

The munition, a 3.5-inch rocket, is located in the "P" Range that borders the western edges of the Greenville Drive, Bramblebush Road, and Shagbark Road areas.

The maximum unprotected fragmentation radius of this munition falls within the Sandwich neighborhood safety buffer zone. The notification protocol between the Town of Sandwich, the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and the National Guard Bureau requires the prior notification of Town officials and residents within the affected area.

A containment structure built with plywood and sandbags will substantially reduce the fragmentation radius and hold all fragments from the detonation. The containment structure and safety controls will protect the field technicians and assure maximum public safety. There will be no risk to residents in the nearby area from the detonation.

Staff members from the groundwater study program will deliver notices tomorrow to every resident in the neighborhood safety buffer zone.

Army National Guard contractors will be responsible for detonating the munition and sampling the soil at the location for residual explosive compounds. If any contamination is found, the soil will be removed and disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations.

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For more information, contact:
Tina Dolen, IAGWSP Senior Community Involvement Specialist, (508) 968-5629
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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