ERT has been awarded a contract to continue our support to USACE in addressing munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) and munitions constituents (MC) at the Fort Hancock Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in Monmouth County, New Jersey. ERT has been performing Remedial Investigation and response actions at Fort Hancock since 2009.
In 1874, the Federal government chose Fort Hancock, on the northernmost part of the New Jersey Atlantic shoreline, to be the U.S. Army’s first official proving ground for testing weapons and ordnance. Several batteries were constructed, many of which fired off-shore, and all military experimental guns and carriages for seacoast defense were tested at the property until 1918 when the Army’s proving ground was moved to Aberdeen, Maryland. In 1927, the site experienced a munitions storehouse fire, potentially resulting in breached or damaged munitions. ERT's work to date has been to define the extent of contamination over much of the former installation. This follow-on task will be to focus on newly identified areas with potential contamination.
The contract has a 3-year period of performance.