Point of Beginning

Residents seek Camp Wheeler cleanup information

May 26, 2009

By Ashley Tusan Joyner

Macon.com - More than 80 landowners attended a public drop-in meeting Wednesday at the Wilson Convention Center to learn more about an upcoming cleanup survey at Camp Wheeler and how it will affect their properties.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigation is the latest phase of an ongoing project “to identify the nature and extent of the contamination of munitions and explosives of concern, as well as munitions’ constituents and their chemical compositions,” said Chris Cochrane, technical manager for the project at the World War II-era training camp in Bibb and Twiggs counties.

More than 1,000 residents on approximately 11,500 acres will be touched by the survey, slated to begin in July.

Some of the munitions found on Camp Wheeler property during previous phases of cleanup range from small arms to 105 mm projectiles, according to information provided by the corps. The depth of detection is anticipated to be 1 to 48 inches.

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