2002 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 13 Aug 2002 18:20:07 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Beale ordnance mapping done
Beale ordnance mapping done
Information will be analyzed to find out the best method for cleaning up 

By Tom Nadeau -- Bee Correspondent
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Sunday, August 11, 2002
Ordnance experts have finished mapping property outside Beale Air Force 
Base where buried World War II ammunition could threaten development in 
fast-growing south Yuba County.

The land is part of the former Camp Beale, which was an 87,000-acre 
training base for 40,000 recruits in armored combat units, said Arthur 
R. Smith, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordnance safety expert.

The area, near Camp Far West Reservoir east of Wheatland and just across 
the Placer County line, also was a bombing range, Smith said.

"Anything that could be dropped, fired or placed is out there," he said.

Initial estimates indicate cleanup could cost $200 million and take up 
to 20 years. Actual removal of any mortars, bombs, mines, grenades or 
rockets is not expected to start until 2004, said project manager Karol 

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