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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 06/04/14
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CC-14-45

U.S. Army Considering Additional Munitions Removals at BLM's Fort Ord National Monument


The U.S. Army is accepting comments until July 3 on a Draft Final Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) that calls for additional cleanup actions on Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-managed lands within the Fort Ord National Monument.

Lands within the Fort Ord National Monument have been managed by the BLM since they were transferred from the Army in 1996 and were designated by President Obama as a National Monument on April 20, 2012.

Because of the history of Fort Ord as an Army training facility, many areas contained remnant munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). While the Army has conducted an investigation, sampling and removal of MEC in portions of BLM-managed lands, potential contamination and risks at the site are still be considered.

Although visitors who comply with posted restrictions and remain on designated trails on the Fort Ord National Monument are safe from munition risk, the Army is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of some areas in terms of explosives safety.

The regions tentatively identified for additional munitions cleanup are currently open to public use north of Eucalyptus Road.

The Draft Final RI/FS is available for public review by visiting the Army website at www.fortordcleanup.com. For additional information about the cleanup program, contact the Fort Ord Community Relations Office at (831) 393-1284.

To learn more about the Fort Ord National Monument, contact Eric Morgan at (831) 394-8314 or email emorgan@blm.gov.




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