2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: rhugus@cape.com
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 15:11:45 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Camp Edwards UXO Detonation Chamber
September 20, 2000 Cape Cod Times

EPA seeks bigger detonation chamber Larger munitions at base need more room
to explode


"CAMP EDWARDS - When the National Guard earlier this summer unveiled a
"contained detonation chamber" to detonate bombs and shells,
environmentalists, residents and military officials lauded the technology.

It was a means to clear the base of decades of leftover munitions in a
safe, clean way.

There's only one problem. The portable chamber isn't big enough. At the
most, the machine can handle two 81mm high-explosive mortar rounds - up to
6.5 pounds of net explosive weight each - at a time. But it can do nothing
with the 105 mm and 155 mm munitions. "And they are just all over the place
out there," said Todd Borci of the federal Environmental Protection Agency,
which is urging a bigger chamber."

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