Army agency to host meeting on McClellan cleanup
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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This 2007 photo shows munitions recovered from around the former Fort McClellan after the Army closed the post in 1999. (File photo by Kevin Qualls/The Anniston Star)
This 2007 photo shows munitions recovered from around the former Fort McClellan after the Army closed the post in 1999. (File photo by Kevin Qualls/The Anniston Star)
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans a public meeting Thursday to discuss a five-year review of military munitions removal from the former Fort McClellan.

Paula Henderson, a project manager with the Corps of Engineers, said the five-year review is required by the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure the land cleared of military debris is still suitable for public safety.

“These are lands that have already been accepted by the state, but things could have changed,” Henderson said. “This five-year review is making sure land usage hasn’t changed or if there’s been any significant erosion to the land.”

Henderson said sometimes when lands drastically change due to natural causes or human interference, further-buried military munitions can be detected which cause concern for public safety.

Scott Bolton, the environmental coordinater and site engineer for the Base Realignment and Closure division of the Army, said very little has changed to the land in McClellan to raise any issues.

“Most of the land under review is where the eastern bypass is,” Bolton said, referring to Veterans Memorial Parkway. “That’s just land someone is putting a road on, so nothing’s altered anything.”

Between 1999 and 2012, 19 parcels of land at McClellan were cleared of munitions left behind after the Army closed the post, Henderson said. Administrative records on removal at McClellan are available online at http://mcclellan.army.mil.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center and is open to the public. After the meeting, a report will be submitted and available for public use.

Residents looking for more information about the meeting or the five-year review should contact Henderson at 256-895-1269.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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