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News Release
August 24, 2005

Neighborhood Notice

Dear Neighbor:

As part of our effort to keep local residents advised of activities that might affect them, this notice is sent to inform you of planned work in your neighborhood.

The U.S. Army Environmental Center's Impact Area Groundwater Study Program is planning to install three groundwater monitoring wells in your neighborhood. This work is in relation to our program's ongoing investigations into groundwater contamination from an area known as the J -1 Range located on base near the Massachusetts Military Reservation's boundary with Forestdale.

What: Installation of 3 Monitoring Wells
Where: One well will be installed on the median at the intersection of Grand Oak Road and Little Acorn Lane. The other two wells will be installed on Little Acorn Lane.
Date: Late September for approximately four to six weeks
Time: Between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Impact on Neighborhood During Installation: A drill rig will be visible from homes on Little Acorn Lane and portions of Grand Oak Road. There will be increased noise during construction. A photo of the drilling apparatus can be found on the back of this notice.

Permanent Impact on Neighborhood: None. Flush-mounted well cap will not be visible.

The Groundwater Study Program recently met with the Town of Sandwich Board of Selectmen and Department of Public Works to discuss the monitoring well locations and gain approval for drilling. The local police department will be informed and safety measures will be put in place to ensure that there is little impact to residents in the area.

Enclosed with this neighborhood notice you will find a "frequently asked questions" fact sheet to provide information on our ongoing investigations in the area. A second neighborhood notice will be sent to residents when the specific dates of the work are confirmed. In addition, a neighborhood meeting is being scheduled to update residents about the investigation and fieldwork in the neighborhood.

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For more information, contact:
Pamela Richardson, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5630
Jim Murhpy, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1028
Ellie Grillo, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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