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News Release
August 20, 2002

Open Detonations of Three Items Set for Thursday

Camp Edwards, Mass. – Open detonations to destroy three 155-millimeter projectiles will be conducted at Camp Edwards, Thursday, August 22, 2002, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The detonation area is approximately two miles from any of the Massachusetts Military Reservation’s boundaries and there is no risk to residents of nearby areas.

Groundwater Study Program workers discovered the three projectiles during vegetation clearing for a geophysical study of the SCAR Rocket Site. This portion of the Impact Area, near the center of the base, previously was used for subcaliber aircraft rocket and other artillery training. The investigation of this site is part of the ongoing Munitions Survey Project, which is seeking to uncover unexploded ordnance and munitions fired or disposed of as a part of past training at Camp Edwards.

These projectiles failed to explode as expected when they were initially fired. Explosive experts for the Groundwater Study Program have determined that they are unsafe to move and pose a potential risk to workers in the area, so will need to be destroyed in place.

Following the detonations the soil in the area will be tested for residual explosive compounds. If any contamination is found, the soil will be covered and scheduled for removal and disposal in accordance with applicable regulations.

Whenever possible, munitions uncovered during the Groundwater Study Program’s investigation are recycled for scrap or, if they potentially contain explosives, are taken to safe storage for future contained detonation.

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) 946-2866

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