|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 23 Jun 2009 07:34:50 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Marines search Bear Island (NC)|
Marines to comb state sands Old ammo could lurk at park BY MARTHA QUILLIN Raleigh News & Observer (NC) June 23, 2009SWANSBORO - Beachcombers at Hammocks Beach State Park's Bear Island might find shells from cockles, whelks, razor clams or a Marines Corps M1 81 mm mortar.
During World War II, long before it became a state park, the island may have been downrange of Marines in training. Now the Corps wonders whether it might have left munitions in the sand or the nearby salt marshes.
A review of historical maps revealed that over the past 60-plus years, some of the fallout areas for training targets along Camp Lejeune's coastal edge inadvertently extended onto property adjacent to the base, and the Marines have begun a $2.4 million search for aging, errant ammo. They will be searching a total of 1,800 acres, including private land and 182 acres of the state park, for unexploded or fragmented machine-gun rounds, rockets, mortar shells or other munitions that missed their targets or exploded close to target boundaries and peppered someone else's property.
... For the entire article, see http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1579696.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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