2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 07:35:07 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: U.S. Military Academy, West Point (NY)
West Point searching for old explosives

By Adam Bosch
Middletown Times Herald-Record (NY)
April 1, 2011
WEST POINT - A high-tech hunt for old munitions and explosives will begin its next phase this month at West Point.

Contractors armed with soil-testing kits and metal detectors will scour 673.5 acres of the military base on a search for artillery dating back to 1802. Their work will mostly concentrate around academic buildings, housing units and athletic complexes at West Point.

That main portion of the base, known as the cantonment, used to be several firing ranges. Through the 1930s, cadets training for the Army fired artillery from these old ranges toward various targets, including Crows Nest, a mountain adjacent to Storm King State Park.

Some old munitions exploded on Crows Nest when a multi-day fire engulfed it in 1999. The ongoing investigation at West Point is meant to prevent similar hazards.


For the entire article, see
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110401/NEWS/ 104010351/-1/NEWS


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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