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News Release
May 4, 2004

Munitions Detonations Planned at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — An open detonation to destroy 37 rocket motors is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

The detonations will be conducted at least one half mile from any residential areas. There is no risk to nearby residents.

The rocket motors were found during clearance activities on a former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-3 Range. The area is being investigated as part of the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program's activities to define and clean up groundwater contamination migrating from the southeast corner of Camp Edwards toward the Snake Pond area.

These 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.

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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Note: Six additional items were added to the open detonation schedule following distribution of the release. These include four 81-millimeter mortar rounds found during road construction on the J-1 Range, and a 40-millimeter mortar round and a 60-millimeter mortar round found during excavation activities in the former open burn and detonation area known as Demolition Area 1.

All of these items are at least a half mile from any residential areas and there is no risk to residents.

For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
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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