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News Release
May 11, 2004

Annual Sampling Begins At Snake Pond

Camp Edwards, Mass. — The annual, seasonal sampling of surface water at Snake Pond in Sandwich began this week.

The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program conducts tests at the pond throughout the spring and summer to verify that Snake Pond continues to be safe for recreational use. The recreational-season sampling began in 2001, and no explosives or perchlorate have been detected in the pond water. This sampling effort is in addition to the testing of Snake Pond surface water conducted by the Sandwich Board of Health and funded through the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE). Those samples are taken in May through September and are analyzed for volatile organic compounds (such as fuels and solvents), and ethylene dibromide (a fuel additive that is no longer used).

Contractors for the Groundwater Study Program will conduct the samplings in water off the spit at the northern end of Snake Pond and two beaches on the pond's southern edge. The pond's surface water will be sampled once in both April and May, twice a month from June until September and then once a month through November. The testing is done in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Groundwater Study Program's investigation and cleanup of groundwater contamination at Camp Edwards has detected perchlorate and the explosive, RDX, in groundwater in the Snake Pond area however, these detections are not affecting the pond's water or any public or private water supply in the area.

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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, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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