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News Release
Feburary 19, 2004

Preliminary Cleanup Alternatives to be Presented at IART Meeting

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Several preliminary alternatives for cleaning up groundwater contamination from the former open burn and disposal area known as Demolition Area 1 will be presented during the Impact Area Review Team meeting, from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Bourne Best Western, 100 Trowbridge Road.

The development and presentation of these preliminary cleanup alternatives is the initial phase of the process known as a Feasibility Study. In the Feasibility Study for Demolition Area 1 groundwater, each cleanup alternative will be evaluated to determine how effectively it would protect human and ecological health and clean up Demolition Area 1 groundwater. The Feasibility Study also assesses whether or not an alternative is feasible to construct, its affect on the surrounding ecosystem and the cost effectiveness of using the alternative.

The evaluations performed as part of the Feasibility Study will be summarized and presented in a Draft Feasibility Study for the clean up of Demolition Area 1 groundwater contamination.

A public comment period will be held on the plan later this year to give community members the opportunity to provide input on each of the cleanup alternatives. A summary of responses to all public comments received will be issued in a Decision Document that will outline the final cleanup design.

The February IART meeting also will include a presentation on Thermal Desorption, the treatment system proposed for the 25,000 tons of contaminated or potentially contaminated soil currently being excavated from Demolition Area 1. Information on the Demolition Area 1 soil removal and interim groundwater treatment system design, and findings of recent investigations, will be included in the monthly update of Groundwater Study program activities.

The IART 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. The team 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 investigation and cleanup.

For a meeting agenda or further information on the Groundwater Study Program, visit their Web site: or call Community Involvement Specialist Lori Boghdan at 508-968-5635.

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For more information, contact:
Bob Perry, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5628
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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