2002 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 18 Jul 2002 20:09:22 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Army engineers plan $200 million ordnance cleanup at old base
Army engineers plan $200 million ordnance cleanup at old base 
By Don Thompson
July 16, 2002 

SACRAMENTO ? The Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it plans to spend 
$200 million over the next 20 years to clean up about 2,000 acres of an 
old Army camp that has been turned over to private use 45 miles 
northeast of Sacramento. 

"There are literally thousands of these sites across the country," said 
corps spokesman David Killam. 

The corps anticipates it will take decades to clean up areas such as the 
former Camp Beale where soldiers trained during and after World War II. 
The camp at one point included bombing, rifle, mortar, demolition, and 
machine gun ranges. 

Nationwide, there are 2,743 such sites that require cleanup, according 
to corps. More than 400 sites are in California, which has more than 
twice as many as any other state. 

Crews have begun towing sophisticated metal detectors around 1,500 acres 
in what is now known as Camp Far West and about 500 acres in Big Oak 
Valley, straddling Yuba and Nevada counties, to estimate how much 
unexploded ordnance may still be present. 

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