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Radiological Survey and Remediation Report DRMO Yard

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This Radiological Survey Report has been prepared in accordance with the U.S. Army Environmental Center USAEC scope of work for Contract No. DACA31-94-D-0061, Delivery Order No. 0003, Modification 1. The scope of work modification sets forth the requirements for performing a radiological survey at the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office DRMO Yard, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. The DRMO Yard is currently undergoing environmental restoration as Area of Contamination AOC 32 in accordance with Section 117a of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act CERCLA. The pavement and surface soils have been contaminated primarily with inorganics and polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs from yard operations. In addition to these findings, the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine USACHPPM conducted a preliminary survey to establish the history of radioactive sources at Fort Devens. The locations of sources, the activity of those sources, and the uses, accidents, and leaks that may have contaminated any areas at Fort Devens are presented by USACHPPM in an industrial radiation historical data review report entitled Industrial Radiation Historical Data Review No. 27-43-E3QX-95 Fort Devens, Massachusetts and dated November 7, 1994. One of the outdoor sites identified in the report is the DRMO Yard which is located at the north end of the Main Post on the corner of Cook Street and Market Street in the town of Ayer. The DRMO Yard is comprised of three fenced enclosures. These fenced yards are identified in this report as the west yard, east yard and the tire recycling yard. According to the historical data review report by USACHPPM, there was a potential for radium contamination from jeep crushing activities that occurred within these yards. For an undetermined period of time, jeeps were crushed without removal of speedometer, fuel, temperature, battery and oil pressure gages with radium faces.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

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