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News Release
February 25, 2003

Two Military Munitions Scheduled for Detonation

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Two 155-millimeter projectiles will be destroyed in open detonations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Thursday, at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

Both detonations will be conducted at least a mile from any base boundary. There is no risk to nearby residents.

The projectiles were found on or just below the surface during clearing for a new well being installed in the Central Impact Area by the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program. The impact area formerly was used as the main target for mortar and artillery practice at Camp Edwards. All live-fire training in the impact area ended in 1997.

Military munitions, like these projectiles, only are destroyed in open detonations when explosive experts determine moving them presents a safety risk. Whenever possible, munitions that don't contain explosives are recycled as scrap. Those that potentially contain explosives, but are safe to move, are taken to a safe storage facility for future destruction in a contained detonation chamber.

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.

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For more information, contact:
Christine Dolen, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5629
Todd Borci, EPA New England, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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