Fort McClellan cleanup receives $56 million

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) – The group steering the clean-up effort at an old Army fort in Alabama has received $56 million to complete the task.

The Anniston Star reported that the money will pay for the removal of unexploded ordnance and stray bullets and environmental cleanup and monitoring at the old Fort McClellan, located about 10 miles northeast of Anniston.

McClellan Development Authority Executive Director Robin Scott says cleanup crews will remove the last of the unexploded ordnance by the end of the year, freeing up land for development projects. The funding was approved about two weeks ago by the U.S. Army.

Fort McClellan closed in 1999. The cleanup effort is expected to last for 15 more years.

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