2004 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 22 Jan 2004 15:18:01 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Former Grant, Locust housing sites found to be WWI firing ranges
Former Grant, Locust housing sites found to be WWI firing ranges
Airfield, Shepley's Hill cleanup process progressing; some lead from
bullets found
By C. David Gordon
January 21, 2004

DEVENS -- Preparations for continued remediation at the two major
remaining environmental cleanup areas at Devens progress even if field
work cannot be done.

Reports on documents being put in place for the tetrachloroethene (PCE)
plumes at the former Army airfield and of arsenic in groundwater
migrating north of the Army's former municipal landfill at Shepley's
Hill were highlights of the Jan. 8 Devens Restoration Advisory Board
(RAB) meeting, held at Harvard's Bromfield School.

Representatives of the Army's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
Environmental Office at Devens and of the Army Corps of Engineers
provided updates on these and other cleanup and restoration projects in
the first RAB meeting since November. The reports came as the BRAC
Environmental Office continues toward its goal to have all remediation
in place by the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2005.

Regarding the airfield project, known as Area of Contamination (AOC) 50,
the Army is close to concluding the final Record of Decision for this
project, with a few issues remaining to be finalized before the document
is sent to agency headquarters for signing.

Arcadis, the contractor carrying out the remediation effort, has
submitted a preliminary remedial action work plan. This plan is now
being reviewed by the regulators (at the Environmental Protection Agency
and state Department of Environmental Protection). By the next RAB
meeting, scheduled for Feb. 12 at Ayer Town Hall, data could be
available to the public from most recent samples taken at points along
the contamination plume.

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