2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 11:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, CLOSURE: Ft. Monroe (VA) cleanup
Before exit, Army cleans ordnance from Fort Monroe

Kate Wiltrout
The Virginian-Pilot
May 17, 2009


Chemistry, physics, geology, history: Cleaning up this military post encompasses those subjects and more.

The Army is due to leave the fort in 2011. Before it does, it must dig up buried explosives and fix contaminated spots. That means taking into account Fort Monroe's history as a bastion of coastal defense, then as an artillery school, before its evolution into one of the Army's premier think tanks.

Three of the biggest potential problems on the 570-acre post include a former landfill, the moat encircling the old stone fort, and the former medical/dental clinic, where mercury and radioactive traces may have leached into the soil. Two low-profile, Navy-owned buildings near the marina complete the list of possible hot spots.

Maps and photos show where many artillery batteries, cannons and gun emplacements were located, and from there, physicists can calculate where ordnance would have landed.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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