APCC Obtains Public Comments Submitted to the National Guard on the Machine Gun Range

  For the several hundred of you who emailed Senators Warren, Markey and Congressman Keating with your opposition to the proposed machine gun range, thank you. Here was the immediate result: your elected officials sent a letter to the National Guard and you can read it here.

The Massachusetts Army National Guard has proposed to locate and construct a machine gun range within the Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve on the northern 15,000 acres of Joint Base Cape Cod. The reserve was established in 2002 to protect drinking water and wildlife habitat, and to allow military training that is compatible with those uses.

The machine gun range project would require 199 acres of land disturbance, including 170.5 acres of forest area to be clear cut to accommodate the range footprint, operations and control area facilities, roads, firebreaks and other aspects of the project, according to the Guard’s Environmental Assessment. The project plan also includes the creation of a Surface Danger Zone area on approximately 5,197 acres, or over one-third of the 15,000-acre Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve, where projectiles fired on the range would land.

APCC obtained, through a public records request, copies of all public comments submitted to the Guard on the machine gun range. APCC provides these comments on this website for the purpose of ensuring a full disclosure of the general public’s response to the project.

Map of Proposed Machine Gun Range on Cape Cod
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Of the 367 public comments received by the Guard, 330 opposed the project. Nine comments were in support of the project. An additional 28 took a neutral position, most of those seeking information or requesting an extended comment period.

Making these public comments available is part of APCC’s continuing effort to make certain that the environmental issues associated with the project are understood, fully examined and appropriately addressed.

APCC has undertaken a detailed assessment of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and finds it severely lacking and deficient. The full text of APCC’s comments can be found HERE.

Click here to access the draft EA

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