2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:26:12 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, FORMER SITES: Melbourne Bombing and Gunnery Range (FL)
Army report finds low risk from World War II-era bombing range in near Melbourne
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans cleanup, requests public input

Florida Today
June 21, 2011

Before they bombed the Germans or Japanese, World War II Navy fighter pilots buzzed and bombed alligator-infested marshes just east of Lake Hell 'n' Blazes, about 10 miles southwest of Melbourne.

From Grumman F4F Wildcats and F6F Hellcats, they dropped 4-pound bombs and small rockets that could have left behind traces of copper, lead, nitroglycerin and other contaminants.

Between 1943 and 1946, pilots took off from what is now Melbourne International Airport, where military men also had fired small-arms ammunition.

Army officials this month released early environmental inspection reports of the two sites: The airport came up mostly clean, but a consultant found very low contamination and risk of human or ecological harm at the former Melbourne Bombing and Gunnery Range.


For the entire article, see
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110621/NEWS01/106210322/Airport- bombing-range-low-risk-from-World-War-II-era-munitions


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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