CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is holding a 30-day public comment period on the Osborne Pond Proposed Plan to reduce potential hazards associated with munitions and explosives at Osborne Pond at the Former Camp Edwards in Bourne, Mass.
The site is located within the former Camp Edwards, which was established in 1938 as a training site for the Massachusetts National Guard. In 1940, the U.S. Army leased Camp Edwards to train soldiers for World War II. After World War II, Camp Edwards was deactivated. The Air Force took control of nearby Otis Field in 1948 and established Otis Air Force Base. The U.S. Army reactivated Camp Edwards from 1950 to 1952 to train troops for the Korean War. Camp Edwards was not reactivated for the Vietnam War, but training continued on Camp Edwards during that time. In 1973, the Massachusetts Army National Guard resumed control of Camp Edwards.
The Proposed Plan identifies the Preferred Alternative to address the potential hazards associated with munitions and explosives of concern and munitions constituents at Osborne Pond. The plan also provides reasons for this preference and describes other cleanup alternatives considered for use at this site. The plan highlights key information that can be found in greater detail in the Remedial Investigation Report, Feasibility Study Report and other documents contained in the Administrative Record file for this site. These documents are available for review at Jonathan Bourne Public Library at 19 Sandwich Road in Bourne, Mass.
The Corps conducted their first investigation of the site in August 2003, which involved mapping of the pond using a digital metal detection system. In 2006, the Corps completed the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis for the site, which included digital mapping of the upland portion of the site.
Hard copies of the Osborne Pond Proposed Plan will be available during the comment period at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library. It also is available on the Corps of Engineers website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/ProjectsTopics/OsbornePond.aspx. The comment period on the proposed plan will run from Sept. 6 – Oct. 7, 2013. Send public comments to Project Manager Stephen Dunbar, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public meeting on the proposed plan will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library at 19 Sandwich Road in Bourne, Mass. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental
Protection will be available to answer questions people may have about the proposed plan. All are welcome to attend the public meeting. The Corps will explain the proposed plan and all of the alternatives presented in the Feasibility Study Report.
For additional information on the Osborne Pond proposed plan contact: Project Manager Stephen Dunbar, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
For general information about District projects and activities visit the website at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/.