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News Release
September 24, 2002

Military Projectile Scheduled for Open Detonation at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — An unexploded 105-millimeter projectile will be destroyed in an open detonation on Camp Edwards’ Southeast Ranges, Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The projectile was found during site clearance for installation of a new monitoring well on the northern portion of the J-1 Range, a former defense contractor testing and training area. The detonation will be on the portion of the range furthest from the base’s Sandwich boundary and will not affect the Sandwich Neighborhood Buffer Zone. There is no risk to residents of nearby areas.

Explosive experts for the Groundwater Study Program have determined the projectile needs to be destroyed in place as it poses a potential risk to workers investigating the area and is unsafe to move.

Whenever possible, munitions found 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.

Following any open detonation, soil is tested for residual explosive compounds. If contamination is found, the soil is covered and scheduled for removal and disposal 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 northern 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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