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News Release
April 2, 2002

Unexploded Munitions Scheduled for Detonation at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Two unexploded 105-millimeter projectiles will be destroyed in an open or "blow-in-place" detonation Thursday, April 4, at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). The detonations, which do not affect the Sandwich neighborhood buffer zone, will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is no risk to residents of the nearby area.

One item being blown-in-place was found during the Groundwater Study Program's investigation of a high use target area in the Central Impact Area at Camp Edwards. The Central Impact Area was one of the primary sites used for past military artillery training. The Groundwater Study Program is now investigating and clearing several test plots in the Central Impact Area of unexploded ordnance and related materials left behind by the historic training activities. This effort is known as the High Use Target Area 2 Investigation.

"We are doing systematic searches in high use areas to get data on the types and positioning of unexploded ordnance and debris we can expect to locate in similar target areas," said Groundwater Study Program Environmental Restoration Chief Major Bill Myer. "This will help us focus our future clean up activities."

The other item was found in the ongoing investigation of the Central Impact Area. Both projectiles will be blown in place because engineers working with the Groundwater Study Program have determined they are unsafe to move and represent an immediate explosive hazard.

Massachusetts Army National Guard contractors will be responsible for the subsequent sampling of the area's soil for residual explosive compounds. If any contamination is found, the soil will be removed and disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations.

The Groundwater Study Program, led by the National Guard Bureau, has been working on an investigation and cleanup of the upper 15,000 acres at Camp Edwards since 1997. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection oversee the program.

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For more information, contact:
Christine Dolen, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5629
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-286

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