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News Release
August 10, 2004

Open Detonations Planned for Thursday

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Open detonations are scheduled for Thursday, August 12th, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation to destroy five military munitions.

The detonations will be conducted at least one half mile from any residential areas. There is no risk to nearby residents.

Two of the items being destroyed include a 2.36-inch rocket and a runway penetration projectile. The rocket and projectile were found during clearance activities on a former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-3 Range. The area is being investigated as part of the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program's activities to define and clean up groundwater contamination migrating from the southeast corner of Camp Edwards toward the Snake Pond area.

The other items include one 81-millimeter (mm) mortar round, a 105- mm projectile, and a 155-mm projectile. These items were found at a former Central Impact Area target location being investigated in preparation for a future rapid response action. The action will remove contaminated soil, from around the target, which is believed to be a source of groundwater contamination in this area.

These items are being destroyed by open detonation because munitions experts have determined they may contain explosives and are unsafe to move. Safe-to-move items that potentially contain explosives are taken to a safe storage facility for destruction in a contained detonation chamber. Munitions items that do not contain explosives are recycled as scrap.

Following an open detonation, the soil is tested for explosives compounds and if necessary, covered, and scheduled for removal and disposal in accordance with applicable regulations.

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For more information, contact:
Kris Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
Todd Borci, EPA New England, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Len Pinaud, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2871

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