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Posted 5/9/2012

Release no. 12-036


Contact
Nakeir Nobles
904-232-1789
nakeir.l.nobles@usace.army.mil

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 9, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a community meeting Thursday, May 10 to provide information and receive input about the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the former Camp Gordon Johnston, a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in Franklin County.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., at Chillas Hall, 156 Heffernan Drive in Lanark Village. Following a brief presentation, the public will be able to ask questions and share their concerns with the Corps’ technical experts.

 

During World War II, Camp Gordon Johnston was used for an Army Amphibious Training Center. The site surrounds, but does not include the town of Carrabelle. It is bounded to the north by the Apalachicola National Forest, the Gulf of Mexico to the south and east and Tate’s Hell Swamp to the west. It also includes Dog Island.

 

The purpose of the RI/FS is to find where and what types of potential contamination may be present as a result of the military’s use of the land. It will include looking for munitions and collecting water samples. The results of the investigation and recommendation will be summarized in a Proposed Plan. The Corps will host another meeting to present the plan and the public will have 30 days to review and comment.

 

Safety is always the Corps’ top priority. If you think you have found a munition, please follow the “3Rs.” Recognize an unusual-looking item could be dangerous; Retreat and do not touch the item; Report it by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

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