Nantucket Beach (Tom Nevers) FUDS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District manages the former Nantucket Ordnance Site Munitions Response Site (MRSs).  This site is managed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA),consistent with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) and considering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Department of Defense (DoD) and the Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) policies.  Detailed reports and documentation for this site are found to the right under “Related Documents”.

The Nantucket Ordnance Site is located on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.  The U.S. Government leased the site between 1943 and 1946 for use as a practice aerial rocket range.  This was one of three ranges on Nantucket used by Navy pilots for training purposes.  The site is divided into two MRSs: the Aerial Rocket Range Target #1 and the Aerial Rocket Range Fan.  Munition debris has been found in the Aerial Rocket Range Target MRS, and given the quantity estimated to remain within the MRS, and the possibility of the public encountering this material, the Decision Document for this site stipulated Land Use Controls.  The Decision Document recommended No Further Action for the Aerial Rocket Range Fan, as there were no explosive nor environmental hazards within this MRS.  The Land Use Controls include: development and distribution of educational materials to property owners, local responders and town officials, installation and maintenance of signage at the site and training of property owners, local responders and town officials on how to recognize, retreat and report suspected munitions.  This site will remain in Long Term Monitoring in perpetuity. 

For more information, please contact the Project Manager ( or 978-318-8965.

- Updated: 25 MARCH 2024

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