Sierra range at Joint Base Cape Cod in April. The object in the foreground is to help those practicing shooting with different stances.

DENNIS — The Association to Preserve Cape Cod is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to shelve a proposed machine-gun range on the Upper Cape after public records showed the military’s concerns over growing environmental scrutiny. 

The nonprofit environmental organization received emails after a public records request made to  the Massachusetts National Guard that included emails from Joint Base Cape Cod Executive Director Brigadier General Christopher Faux to office staff of U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass.

In one email from March 26, Faux said the military has heard from multiple agencies and has seen numerous news articles about Keating, along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, requesting further review of the project from the National Environmental Policy Act in the form of an environmental impact statement.

“If that is the case, we will most likely lose the project and its funding and will have wasted ten years of work,” Faux wrote. 

Faux declined to comment, saying in an email Wednesday morning that per protocol, he forwarded the records request to the public affairs office, which has not responded.

Sierra range at Joint Base Cape Cod in April. The object in the foreground is to help those practicing shooting with different stances.

The multipurpose machine-gun range, planned for the site of the base’s existing KD, or “known distance” range would sit above the Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve and would cost $11.5 million. The range would be used for military training with different weapons, including machine guns, 12-gauge shotguns, grenade launchers and pistols. The proposal calls for clearing 170 acres of forest and disturbing about 199 acres of land.

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