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Base’s Environmental Restoration Program works to clean up another former range

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 pm

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune's Environmental Restoration Program has been working since the 1990s to conduct environmental investigations and cleanup, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

These agencies work together to come up with long-term, cost-effective clean up strategies with the goal of returning property to reusable land. Short- and long-term goals are always to protect human health and the environment, whether that be through various cleanup technologies and/or restricting land use. This includes prohibitions on digging or drinking groundwater.

Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) Site UXO-06 is a former training area for fortified beach assault used from 1953 to 1977. As a result of these activities, potential explosive hazards from remaining munitions are present and cleanup activities are currently being conducted. The site is located south of McHugh Boulevard, west of Sneads Ferry Road, and bounded by Cowhead Creek to the south.

Environmental investigations conducted at this site from 2006 to 2015 confirmed the presence of potential explosive hazards left behind by previous training activities.

While a majority of the site was cleaned up, including the former borrow pit, there are still areas where there may be explosive hazards present, namely the wooded area surrounding the former borrow pit site.

A clearance project is currently underway at UXO-06 where munitions will be identified and removed from over 140 acres of accessible surface area. Land use controls will be put in place to protect public health and welfare from potential explosive hazards since surface clearance will not remove all the munitions items from the site and below the ground.

Warning signs and digging restriction signs will be put in place around UXO-06 to discourage unauthorized personnel from entering the site.

The cleanup activities are planned for completion in September 2019. If you have questions, contact your chain of command or the Base Environmental Management Division at 910-451-9385 or via email at Lejeune_IR_Program@usmc.mil.