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News Release
January 6, 2004

Military Munitions Scheduled for Open Detonation on Thursday

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Open detonations to destroy three military munitions will be conducted on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

The detonations will take place at locations on the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-2 Range. Although the range is located on the southeast corner of the base, near the Sandwich boundary, the detonations will not affect the 500-foot neighborhood buffer zone. They will be at least one-half mile from any residential areas and there is no risk to nearby residents.

The three items being destroyed include a 30-millimeter projectile and two 60-millimeter mortar rounds. These items were all found during clearance for new monitoring wells being installed as part of the Groundwater Study Program investigation into groundwater contamination in the J-2 Range area.

The military munitions are being destroyed by open detonation because explosive 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:
Pam Richardson, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5630
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2866

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