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Corps Begins Plum Tree Island Phase II Project
December 17, 2009

Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge.

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began its Phase II Remedial Investigation work at the southern portion of Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge, a formerly used defense site.

The Corps performed limited non-intrusive collection of geophysical data through December. There are no plans to perform detonations. Full mobilization of the unexploded ordnance team begins in January and runs through March 2010, with investigation of anomalies and collection of soil, sediment and water samples for testing.

The primary focus of Phase II is to characterize the nature and extent of Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Munitions Constituents at the refuge.

Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge was formerly known as the Plum Tree Island Range and was used for aerial bombing and gunnery practice from 1917 through the late 1950s.

With the exception of waterfowl hunting on Cow Island, which was not part of the bombing range, the refuge remains closed to the public due to the potential for encountering unexploded ordnance.

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