Camp Wheeler ordnance investigation delayed

The Camp Wheeler ordnance investigation in Bibb and Twiggs counties, originally slated to start in July, has been delayed until at least December, said Billy Birdwell, communications director for the Savannah district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps had authorized $2.5 million for the newest cleanup phase at the former World War II-era training camp. Unexploded bombs and grenades have been found in portions of the tract over the years and a major removal was done in a Twiggs neighborhood earlier this decade.

The corps is responsible for cleanups at former defense sites.

Birdwell said the corps has been waiting for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to approve the corps’ work plan before a contractor begins the 10,000-acre survey. The corps now expects it will have to wait until after hunting season to start, to protect the safety of investigators.