526Re: Presidential shelter on Nantucket Island
- Sep 6, 1999Thanks for the map, Mark.
A local government web page mentions the Navy base, which is abandoned:
If the shelter was under the same authority as the Presidential Emergency
Facilities in the Washington, DC area, it was probably built by the
Chesapeake Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (CHESDIV
NAVFACENGCOM), which is now known as Engineering Field Activity Chesapeake
(EFACHES). I have spoken with their Environmental Division, which
participated in a 1988 environmental/safety study of the abandoned
"Cannonball" relay station in Pennsylvania. They confirmed their
involvement with what they called "the White House sites", but said all
documentation about the sites is in the hands of the White House Military
Office. The engineer who worked on the study said he couldn't discuss it
without WHMO permission, and as expected, the WHMO has not provided any
Another agency which might have relevant information is the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, since they conduct surveys for possible hazards at former
defense sites before they're sold or turned over to local governments.
Their reports always include a history of the installation, and would
probably mention the presidential shelter. I'll inquire about a report on
the Nantucket base and post any information I receive.
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