2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 20:39:55 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, FUDS: Plum Tree Island clearance
Plum Tree Island yields fewer munitions than expected

By Jon Cawley
Newport News Daily Press (VA)
March 11, 2009


A two-month sweep of Plum Tree Island to locate military ordnance left over from the island's long-ago days as a target range has yielded fewer explosives than originally expected.

At a Tuesday morning meeting, about 15 staffers from various local, state and federal agencies met at Poquoson City Hall to discuss progress on the multiyear Army Corps of Engineers project to clear the island of old munitions. Private contractor Shaw Environmental Inc. is winding down this year's work on the island in advance of the arrival of migratory shore birds for nesting season.

Alex Smith, Shaw Environmental's project coordinator, said the most common discovery, by far, has been that of jet-assisted take-off bottles, devices used to give an extra boost to overloaded aircraft or those taking off from short runways. More than 200 of the devices have been found in sweeps of shoreline areas, Smith said.


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