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cleanup of a former range residue disposal area near Scott’s
Junction will return quality maneuver area back to the Fort McCoy
training inventory, said Mark McCarty.
Personnel from Explosive Ordnance
Technologies search and remove debris from a disposal site near
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
chief of the Natural Resources Branch of the Environmental Division of
the Directorate of Public Works, said personnel from Explosive
Ordnance Technologies of Oak Ridge, Tenn., were contracted to remove
the debris from the site, which is near the Badger Drop Zone.
company has performed previous cleanup work at Fort McCoy, including a
project in 2004 to do subsurface clearing of roads and various
training sites near the North Impact Area. The Scott’s Junction work
follows a project to survey the Badger Drop Zone.
at this site dates back toward the beginning of the post (in
1909)," McCarty said. "Military personnel fired (munitions)
from nearby firing points into the Badger Drop Zone, which was used as
an impact area (from approximately 1905-1972.)"
and other related material used for shipping the munitions were taken
to Scott’s Junction and disposed of in trenches, he said.
Personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal-Technologies of Orlando, Fla., conduct search and disposal activities on scrap metal in a disposal site near Scott’s Junction. The area was used in about the World War I era to dispose of metal items used to house and support munitions, which were fired into the Badger Drop Zone, which was used as an impact area.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
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Aspegren of Explosive Ordnance Technologies said his company does a
number of similar cleanups at other Army installations. Employees use
metal detectors and other digging methods to find and remove
materials. At the Fort McCoy site, company employees removed
approximately 30,000 pounds of scrap metal, which will be recycled, he
estimated the debris was disposed of in the area during the World War
I era from 1912-18.
of the debris removed was composed of casings that the 75 mm rounds
were packed in," Aspegren said. "It looks like a railroad
bed previously ran through this site because we found spikes and tie
have been collected of the three to four cubic yards of soil that
required excavation during project activities. These samples were
shipped to Orlando, Fla., for testing to provide the data necessary to
dispose of this soil in a licensed landfill.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources are requiring that soil samples be collected from
the bottom of the excavated areas to confirm that additional
remediation will not be necessary prior to returning the site to
Bartholomew, an environmental specialist with McCoy Public Works Joint
Venture, said after the area is cleaned and returned to Fort McCoy,
the Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance crew will re-grade and
re-vegetate the area.
all of the work is completed, the site will be returned to support
military training uses," McCarty said.
project is a good example of how Fort McCoy continues to execute its
stewardship of the land to ensure these resources can be used for
training now and in the future, Bartholomew and McCarty said.