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Environmental Impacts of Military Range Use
Civilian research project 2009-2010
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Massachusetts Army National Guard operates the Massachusetts Military Reservation MMR, located on Cape Cod. In 1997, MMR received the first of four Administrative Orders AO from the Environmental Protection Agency EPA due to concerns over potential groundwater contamination in the training area and range complex. The second AO issued in April of 1997 prohibited the use of the artillery, mortar, and small arms ranges at MMR. This was the first time that military training on an active military range had been stopped by the EPA. The ARNG has spent upwards of 350 million over the last 12 years to study and remediate contamination as stipulated by the EPA. As of this date the AOs have not been closed and the ARNG still cannot use the ranges at MMR. Would MMR set a precedent that would threaten training on other military ranges This study will review what the Army has learned about the impacts of military ranges on the environment. This knowledge has important implications for the continued use of the Armys ranges to conduct realistic live-fire training.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE