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News Release
May 14, 2002

Private Well Testing Offered in Monument Beach Neighborhoods

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Residents in selected areas near Bourne’s Monument Beach wellfield are being asked to contact the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program office if they use a private well.

Bourne residents, who live on Pinehurst Drive, Eldrige Street Extension, Rainbow Circle, Spinnaker Lane, Valley Bars Road, Portside Road, Hersey Lane, Midway Court, Midway Road, Timberknoll Road, Emmons Road, Briarwood Lane, Leslie Circle, Harwood Drive, Abo Circle, Catherine Lane, Mame Circle, Bennents Neck Drive, Enterprise Road, Ambrosia Lane, Peninsula Circle, #489 through #652 County Road, or #534 through #770 Shore Road in Bourne, and use a private well, should call 508-968-5628. Leave your name, address, telephone number and the best time to reach you. Residents using water provided by the Bourne Water District do not need to respond to this notice.

The Groundwater Study Program is doing the testing to ensure safe drinking water in areas near the recent perchlorate detections in the Monument Beach wellfield originating from the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). This test is free of charge and is being offered as an extra measure of precaution and assurance to nearby residents.

This activity is being coordinated with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bourne Water District and local officials.

For more information about the residential sampling program, please call Tina Dolen, Senior Community Involvement Specialist, at (508) 968-5629.

Impact Area 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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