River River Drops of rain on a leaf

News Release
October 16, 2003

Proposed Soil Cleanup Plans Available for Review

Camp Edwards, Mass. — The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program's proposals for two soil cleanup actions at Camp Edwards are now available for public review. The Draft J-2 Range Rapid Response Action Plan and the Draft J-3 Range Demolition Area Rapid Response Plan are available on the Groundwater Study Program's Web site: or at the Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich public libraries.

The two response actions are designed to remove contaminated and potentially contaminated soil that is thought to be a continuing source of groundwater contamination. According to Program Manager Kent "Hap" Gonser, these proposals are examples of the removal actions that the Groundwater Study Program's remediation team is proposing as part of the program's transition from investigation to cleanup.

Soil removal work proposed for the areas known as the J-2 Range and the J-3 Range would focus on the areas on the former military training and defense contractor testing ranges with the highest concentration of contaminants. These removal actions also are designed to reduce or eliminate potential sources of groundwater contamination.

Both proposals call for extracted soil to be treated on base by thermal desorption, which uses heat to separate contaminants from the soil and vaporize them.

A 15-day public comment period on the two proposals will begin following presentation of the plans at the October 28 Impact Area Review Team meeting. The meeting at the Quashnet Valley Country Club, 309 Old Barnstable Road in Mashpee will include a poster session on the plans at 5:30 p.m., followed by the monthly update on the programs activities and a presentation on the proposals from 6 to 9 p.m.

Proposed Soil Cleanup-2-2-2-2

Public comments will be taken during the poster session and the meeting. Comments also can be submitted through the Groundwater Study Program Web site or sent to:

Groundwater Program
RRA Comments
PB0515 West Outer Road
Camp Edwards, MA 02542-5003

By fax to: 508-968-5286

By e-mail to:

For further information on Groundwater Study Program activities, log on to

# # #

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

Site Map | Related Links | Comments/Contact Us | Search | Home
Administrative Notice