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News Release
October 7, 2003

Contracts in Place to Move Forward on Cleanup at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program announced the award of a contract for three interim cleanup projects designed to expedite the removal of potential groundwater contamination sources at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR).

According to Kent "Hap" Gonser, program manager for the Groundwater Study Program, the contracts allow cleanup activities to move forward by funding work, from planning to completion, on proposed actions to remove soil in the areas with the highest concentration of explosives-related contaminants.

"Since last spring, we've focused on identifying areas where interim soil removal actions could be used to eliminate or reduce continuing sources of groundwater contamination," Gonser said. "This contract covers several actions we've proposed to begin transitioning from investigation to cleanup."

The contract with Environmental Chemical Corporation of Pasadena, Calif., includes interim soil removals proposed at two former training and defense contractor testing areas, known as the J-2 and J-3 ranges. Gonser said that the scope of work in these two areas might expand. The Groundwater Study Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection are working together to identify additional areas where soil contamination can be addressed by interim removal actions.

A proposed soil removal at two former artillery and mortar targets located in the Central Impact Area also is part of the contract. Information gained from this action will be used to develop additional soil removal plans for the Central Impact Area and other sites.

Current plans for the proposed Central Impact Area and J-range soil removal actions now are available on the Groundwater Study Program Web site: and at the public libraries in Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich. Fifteen-day public comment periods on the proposals will begin at the October 28 meeting of the Impact Area Review Team, the citizen's advisory group for the Groundwater Study Program. Additional information on the meeting and the public comment period are available on the Web site.

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Work covered by the contract includes preparation of plans and reports, clearing the sites of any metallic objects, soil testing, and the excavation and treatment of contaminated or potentially contaminated soil for each project. Following approval of the plans, work is scheduled to begin in early 2004, with completion of all work expected by late Summer 2004. Current plans call for contaminants to be removed from the soil by an on-base treatment system.

The Groundwater Study Program expects to begin its first major soil treatment in November at the site known as Demolition Area 1. Additional investigations and work on the feasibility study process, which will evaluate final cleanup solutions for the areas of investigation, will be ongoing during the completion of the interim actions.

Environmental Chemical Corporation has more than 18 years of experience in performing environmental remediation. With more than 300 employees and nine offices, ECC performs soil, groundwater and unexploded munitions remediation projects for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as other public and private clients on a worldwide basis. They began working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New England in 1997, and with Air Force and Army cleanup programs at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in 1999.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, New England District, which is the supervising contractor for the Groundwater Study Program, handled the contract awards.

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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, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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