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News Release
July 12, 2004

Munitions Detonations Planned at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Open detonations to destroy three unexploded munitions items are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

The detonations will take place at least one mile from any residential areas. There is no risk to nearby residents.

Two of the munitions items, which include one 4.2" mortar round, and one 105-millimeter (mm) projectile, 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.

The other item is an 81- mm mortar round found in the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-2 Range. This area is being cleared in preparation for a soil removal and treatment action designed to remove several areas believed to be the source of groundwater contamination migrating from the J-2 Range.

All these munitions items 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.

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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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