SAVANNAH, Ga. – Work to clean up former Camp Croft near Spartanburg, South Carolina, will begin soon following the April 1 signing of a contract between the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a joint venture of Weston Solutions, Inc., of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and Zapata Inc., of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The $36.5 million award will include a geophysical survey and removal of “munitions and explosives of concern” or MEC, on 1,277 acres located entirely inside Croft State Park. The total area consists of 19 sub-areas. Each sub-area will be awarded as funds become available. The work will be coordinated with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. The Project was contracted through the USACE Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Work on the five-year contract will begin immediately with planning and mobilization. The contractor will use equipment to remove underbrush and other vegetation. Workers will also use geophysical equipment which can detect potential unexploded ordnance below ground. Explosive and other material removed will be disposed in a safe manner. Work areas will be closed to the public during cleanup.
Camp Croft is a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) which was used for military training in World War II. The camp was established in 1941 and property was transferred from the Department of Defense to Croft State Park in 1947. During its wartime use, the army established live-fire ranges, impact areas for artillery, and trained soldiers to use small arms, anti-tank rockets, anti-aircraft artillery, and mortars at Camp Croft.
More than 3,000 FUDS exist across America. In 2019 Camp Croft FUDS became third on the national FUDS project list. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the DoD executive agent for the FUDS program.
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Release no. 20-009