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News Release
January 14, 2003

Public Input Sought on Planned Groundwater Cleanup at MMR/Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Community members will have the opportunity to provide input on a workplan to initiate the cleanup of contaminated groundwater associated with the former demolition training area known as Demolition Area 1 (Demo 1) on Camp Edwards, beginning Tuesday, January 28.

A 15-day informal public comment period on the Groundwater Program's draft workplan for Demo 1 groundwater will commence on January 28 at a poster session to be held at the Best Western hotel in Bourne, beginning at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Groundwater Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will be available to answer questions and to receive comments on the draft workplan. The poster session will be followed at 6 p.m. by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Impact Area Review Team (IART). The public is invited to attend this meeting.

The draft Demo 1 workplan outlines the conceptual design for the proposed cleanup actions. The workplan will review the history of the site and will present the findings of the Groundwater Program investigation. It also will provide information on: the groundwater flow in this area, potential impacts on cultural and natural resources, permit requirements, a monitoring plan to track cleanup progress, and a project schedule.

Copies of the draft workplan will be available for review beginning January 24, 2003 on the Groundwater Program web site. The workplan also will be available at the following locations:

Falmouth Public Library Sandwich Public Library
123 Katharine Lee Bates Road 142 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540 Sandwich, MA 02563

Mashpee Public Library Jonathan Bourne Library
Steeple Street, Mashpee Commons 19 Sandwich Road
Mashpee, MA 02649 Bourne, MA 02532

U.S. Coast Guard Library
Building 5205, Ent Street
Otis ANGB, MA 02542

Public comments will be taken during the poster session and the Impact Area Review Team meeting or can be submitted by letter, fax or e-mail through 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 11. Comments also can be submitted through the Groundwater Program web site or sent by mail to:

Groundwater Program
Attn: David Hill
PB 565/567 West Outer Road
Camp Edwards, MA 02542-5003

By fax to: 508-968-5286

By e-mail to:

The Groundwater Program has been working on an investigation and cleanup of the upper 15,000 acres at Camp Edwards since 1997. Its mission is to protect public health and the environment by addressing groundwater-related impacts of historical training activities. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection provide regulatory oversight of the program.

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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) 946-28666-2866

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