Spoils of War

by Richard S. Skryness, Stone & Webster Env. Tech. & Services, 245 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210,
Karl Swenson, Stone & Webster Env. Tech. & Services, 245 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210,
Williams Pananos, Stone & Webster Env. Tech. & Services, 245 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 11, Pg. 51-53


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Watertown Arsenal, a former U.S. Army arsenal and nuclear research site noted for its innovations in armament technology, has been shut down and is destined to be returned to civilian use. The site, just 5 mi from metropolitan Boston, is bounded by densely developed properties and the shores of the Charles River. The arsenal site is the final remainder of a 131 acre base produced armaments for the Civil War and both world wars. The 37 acre site contained ordinance manufacturing wastes, heavy metals, asbestos and various other hazardous materials and a deactivated nuclear reactor. Disposal of these materials fell under a multitude of regulatory bodies. Engineers were given the task of designing the cleanup plans.

Subject Headings: Civil engineering landmarks | Hazardous wastes | Massachusetts | Radioactive wastes | Remediation | Waste disposal | Waste sites

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