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News Release
June 2, 2004

Neighborhood Notice

Dear Neighbor,

As part of our ongoing effort to notify community members of Impact Area Groundwater Study Program activities in the vicinity of their neighborhood, this to inform you of planned open detonations of unexploded munitions on Camp Edwards. The detonations will be near the 500-foot Neighborhood Buffer Zone established with the Town of Sandwich.

These detonations will be conducted using all appropriate safety buffers. There is no risk to residents of any nearby neighborhoods.

Details on the detonations are:
What: Open Detonations of Two Military Munitions
Where: On Camp Edwards approximately 1,500 ft. west of Greenway Road and Camp Edwards' Boundary with the Forestdale subdivision.
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2004
Time: Between 3:30 and 5 p.m. (Outside of school hours)

The munitions items include two 81-millimeter mortar rounds. They were discovered during road repair activities in the area known as the J-1 Range. This area formerly was used for training and defense contractor testing.

The mortar rounds are being destroyed in place because Army engineers have determined that they might contain explosives and cannot be safely transported. Appropriate safety controls, which include sandbag and plywood barriers and concrete barriers, will be used to contain the detonations near the school and neighborhood buffer zones to ensure there is no risk to residents of the nearby area.

The soil area surrounding the detonation areas will be sampled immediately following the event for residual explosive compounds. If any contamination is found, the soil will be removed and disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations.

The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program is investigating and cleaning up groundwater contamination and its sources on the Massachusetts Military Reservation. For further information on Groundwater Study Program activities, log on to or call Pam Richardson at 508-968-5630.

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For more information, contact:
Pamela Richardson, Impact Area Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5630
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Len Pinaud, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2866

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