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Title: Geophysical investigation at U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, Massachusetts
Authors: U.S. Army Environmental Center.
Llopis, José L.
Simms, Janet E.
Keywords: Electromagnetics
Geophysical surveys
Geophysical exploration
Ground penetrating radar
Hazardous waste sites
Soil surveys
U.S. Army Materials Laboratory
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-93-29.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Results of a comprehensive , integrated geophysical investigation at 5 sites at the U. S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory (MTL) located in Watertown, MA, are presented. In 1960, the Army's first materials research reactor was completed at MTL, which was used actively in molecular and atomic structure research activities until 1970, when it was deactivated. In addition to the research reactor were facilities that stored and handled depleted uranium (DU). In 1989, the Commission on Base Realignment and Closure recommended that MTL be closed. The MTL closure program is being supervised by the U.S. Army Environmental Center. As part of the MTL closure program, any previously contaminated sites must be identified. Based on historical information, 5 sites were selected at MTL to be examined in further detail using geophysical methods. The geophysical investigation was designed to detect and delineate anomalous conditions indicative of buried waste, waste containers, fuel storage tanks, and unmapped drain or sewer lines having the potential of carrying wastes off the site. The geophysical program included electromagnetic (EM), magnetic, and ground penetrating radar (GPR) methods. Anomalous conditions were found at each of the investigated sites. The results of each geophysical method were integrated to produce an anomaly map of each site. An interpretation as to the cause and a recommendation for or against any further remedial action for each mapped anomaly was rendered.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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