|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:26:12 -0700 (PDT)|
|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
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans cleanup, requests public input By JIM WAYMER Florida Today June 21, 2011Before 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, seehttp://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 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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