SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

March 25, 2013

Workers cleaning up asbestos at old antenna-testing site

IPSWICH — Passers-by might be wondering what the men in hazardous materials suits are doing at the shuttered U.S. Air Force antenna-testing facility on Skytop Road.

They are conducting asbestos abatement, according to Tim Dugan, a spokesman for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The bulk of the work will be completed by April 1, he said in a statement.

“The pedestrians are perfectly safe as long as they don’t enter the restricted construction site,” Dugan said.

The facility, on Ipswich’s Great Neck peninsula, was used for testing and research on Cold War-era antenna and radar technology. The Air Force has leased the property from the Proprietors of Great Neck, a family group that owns the land, since 1945.

The Air Force inactivated and officially closed the facility over the summer of 2011. Upon termination of the lease, the landowners have asked the Air Force to demolish all structures on the 65-acre site.

Upon closing the Great Neck facility, the Air Force transferred its unit to Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The testing formerly conducted in Ipswich is now done at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The facility sits atop of a large hill in a residential neighborhood, overlooking the Parker River–Plum Island Sound Estuary.

“The purpose of the project is to restore the site to conditions similar to those encountered on the site when the U.S. Air Force first occupied the location in 1943,” Dugan wrote. “The site has been leased by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II and has served as an antenna-test facility since that time.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Comments Tracker