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News Release
February 5, 2002

Unexploded Munitions To Be Detonated

(Camp Edwards, MA) — Technicians from the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program office will detonate unexploded munitions at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) on Thursday, February 7th between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The four items are a 105MM projectile, a 155MM projectile, a 81MM mortar and a 37MM projectile. All of the items are located near the center of the Camp Edwards Impact Area in the MMR.

The items cannot be moved safely and will be destroyed in place. This method of disposal eliminates an unsafe situation for groundwater study field technicians.

The detonation of these munitions does not pose a threat to public safety or affect the safety buffer zones established with the Sandwich School Committee and the Town of Sandwich Selectmen.

Army National Guard contractors will be responsible for detonating the munitions and sampling the soil at each 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:
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 Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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