The feds will be back at it again on Long Beach Island, scouring the sands for any leftover World War I ordnance that were mistakenly pumped ashore as part of a beach replenishment project, the Associated Press reports
Equipment and workers to be used the $17 million cleanup will begin arriving Tuesday in Surf City, according to
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Initial work will include the setup and testing of equipment, setup of field facilities, and surveying of beaches and work areas.
The corps anticipates that actual cleanup could begin by Jan. 26, and major construction activities are scheduled
to be completed by May 22. Earlier this month, the corps awarded a $13.6 million contract to Weston Solutions Inc. of West Chester, Pa., to complete the cleanup. During the project, discarded military munitions will be removed from the dune, berm and surf zone areas of the beach.
They were unwittingly pumped ashore along with 880,000 cubic yards of sand. Beaches were closed in 2007, and a cleanup was conducted before the start of the summer season, but more munitions were found in 2007 and 2008.
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