Unexploded munititions to be removed
A contractor for the U.S. Army will in the spring begin examining about 250 acres at Fort Ritchie to clean up any ordnance on the property, an Army official said Monday.
The cleanup by IT Corp. of Edgewood, Md., is expected to take three years, said Bill Hofmann, the Base Realignment and Closure environmental coordinator.
Raymond Fatz, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environmental safety and occupational health, signed the document Friday authorizing the start of the cleanup efforts, Hofmann said.
The agreement is a big step in dealing with the problem of "unexploded ordnance," remnants of the Maryland National Guard's pre-1926 use of the base, that may be below the surface on as much as half of the base's 638 acres.