Yesterday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it plans to pump sand onto Harvey Cedars beach on Long Beach Island (New Jersey) during an upcoming beach-replenishment project. Sounds like a positive development for beach-goers, except the sand will come from the same dredge site used to refill nearby Surf City beach in 2006 and 2007, which resulted in upwards of 2,000 WWI-era munitions being deposited on shore — including anti-aircraft shells, fuses and detonators — necessitating an expensive, long-term cleanup project involving lots of heavy machinery.
Naturally, the Army Corps says there is nothing to worry about, as a screening process will be used to prevent any “potential munitions of concern” — wouldn’t any unexploded ordinance be of concern? — from making it onto Harvey Cedars beach. The screening process will be executed in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.