2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 18 Jul 2003 14:56:00 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Sweeping Up at Camp Hero
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Sweeping Up at Camp Hero
By  Carey London
July 16, 2003

Are unwary visitors walking near ticking time bombs in Montauk State
Park? Perhaps, says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and that very
prospect is cause for action.

On Thursday, July 10, the Army Corp sponsored a meeting to inform the
public about their ordnance removal project at Camp Hero. It is a follow
up to an ordnance sampling of the area that took place 16 months ago.

Mandated by the Department of Defense, the project, which began Monday,
July 14, is operating within the FUDS (Formerly Used Defense Sites)
Cleanup Program. With over 9,600 “contaminated sites” nationwide, the
Army Corp finds Camp Hero to be less hazardous than other locations.

“By comparison, [this area] is one of the very least contaminated sites
we’ve seen,” said Bill Pearse, a contractor from EOD Technology, Inc., a
company that specializes in “remediation” and removal of Unexploded
Ordnance (UXO) and weaponry.

Using a magnetometer, an instrument that measures magnetic fields and
detects iron composites, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been
searching for UXO leftover from firing practice by military personnel.
They said the artillery could detonate at any moment.

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