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Update given on ordnance cleanup

November 23, 2001

Update given on ordnance cleanup



About 25 people attended a public meeting in Cascade Monday on the status of ordnance cleanup at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base, Bill Hofmann, the Base Realignment and Closure environmental coordinator, said Tuesday.

Cleanup work has unearthed about 30,000 metallic items, including 48 pieces of unexploded ordnance, he said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Army contracted with IT Group of Edgewood, Md., to clean up 208 acres on the 638-acre base. About 40 percent of the area has been cleared so far.

Crews use metal detectors to find the explosives and then dig up the material by hand or with machines.

The work is scheduled to be completed in 2003.

The National Guard, then the Army, used the post from 1926 through the 1950s for military munitions training.

- Scott Butki

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