MEC Remedial Action at the Former Camp Croft

Munitions Response - Detailed site preparation and startup activities

Project Overview

Description

Weston is currently performing a Remedial Action using Advanced Geophysical Classification (AGC) to remove munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) from the 1,277-acre Project 7 site located within Croft State Park located near Spartanburg, SC. Former Camp Croft served as a World War II basic training center and is now ranked on the federal Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) priority list. The rolling, densely forested terrain is a coveted natural resource to the local community and a popular destination for recreational enthusiasts for camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, and equestrian use. Weston is utilizing innovative geophysical and surveying technologies to ensure safe and efficient removal of MEC using AGC. The use of APEX combined with SLAM positioning technology results precise data collection procedures that enhance quality by reducing data gaps. Weston developed an innovative MR-QAPP, which includes APEX, UltraTEM, MetalMapper 2×2, and MPV to maximize AGC implementation. Planning for the Remedial Action required flexibility to adapt to site challenges so that we could address the needs of land managers and contractually driven preferences for AGC technology selection. Detailed site preparation and startup activities were required leading into initial vegetation reduction around closely spaced mature growth trees. Vegetation clearing/tree management operations maintain the diversity, number, and size of trees in the area while successfully facilitating geophysical data collection. Biological and cultural resources monitoring, and quality checks are completed during all site operations. MEC surface clearance is performed in advance of all site operations to reduce risks during site remediation. This project involves the first full-scale application of APEX technology in the continental U.S. and is viewed as the benchmark against which future AGC projects should be completed. As a result of the work methods being utilized, the Croft State Park property is being transformed into a safer and healthier state from a recreational use, biological resources, cultural resources, and forest management standpoint.