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News Release
January 13, 2005

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 Three Military Munitions
Where:   On Camp Edwards approximately 1,000 ft. west of Greenway Road and Camp Edwards'
              Boundary with the Forestdale subdivision.
Date:      Thursday, January 13, 2005
Time:      Between 9:00 a.m. - Noon

The munitions items that affect the buffer zone are two 3.5 inch rockets found in the area known as the former K-Range and an 81-millimeter mortar round found in the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-2 Range.

The munitions are being destroyed in place because Army engineers have determined that they might contain explosives and cannot be safely moved. Appropriate safety controls, which include sandbags, plywood, and a concrete barricade, will be used to contain the detonations. There is no risk to any residents.

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 Pamela Richardson at 508-968-5630.

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For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
Jim Murhpy, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1028
Ellie Grillo, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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