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News Release
October 23, 2003

Public Comment Period on Soil Cleanup Begins at Tuesday IART Meeting

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Community members will have the opportunity to provide input on two Impact Area Groundwater Study Program soil removal plans during a 15-day public comment period beginning Tuesday, October 28, at the Quashnet Valley Country Club, 309 Old Barnstable Road in Mashpee. A poster session on the proposed actions, at 5:30 p.m., will be followed, at 6 p.m., by a presentation on the plan during the monthly Impact Area Review Team (IART) meeting.

The Draft J-2 Range Rapid Response Action Plan and the Draft J-3 Range Demolition Area Rapid Response Action Plan are two interim actions proposed by the Groundwater Study Program to move forward with cleanup actions that will remove continuing sources of contamination prior to completion of the investigations and the feasibility study for these sites. The plans call for the removal of contaminated soil from two former training and defense contractor testing ranges located near the base's Sandwich boundary.

Soil removed from five sites in the area known as the J-2 Range and from three locations in the area known as the J-3 Range, is expected to be treated on base by thermal desorption, which uses heat to destroy the contaminants in the soil.

Public comments on the two proposals will be taken during the poster session and the meeting. Comments also can be submitted through November 12 at the Groundwater Study Program Web site or to:

Groundwater Program
RRA Comments
1803 West Outer Road
Camp Edwards, MA 02542-5003

By fax to: 508-968-5286

By e-mail to:

Copies of the plans currently are available for review on the Groundwater Study Program's Web site: or at the Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich public libraries.

The IART meets monthly to review Groundwater Study Program activities and provide input to program management. The public is invited to attend this meeting and participate in discussions regarding the J-2 and J-3 range proposals and other aspects of the investigation and cleanup at Camp Edwards. The team is comprised of citizen members from the communities surrounding the Massachusetts Military Reservation, and representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Groundwater Study Program.

For a meeting agenda or further information on the Groundwater Study Program, visit their Web site: or call Tina Dolen, Senior Community Involvement Specialist, at (508) 968-5629.

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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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