|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 Feb 2007 17:24:18 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Ft. Monroe (VA) legislation|
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Bill presents best plan for fort's future Letter from Ross A. Kearney II, Mayor, city of Hampton (VA) Newport News Daily Press (VA) February 14, 2007Most people agree that the primary goal with Fort Monroe must be to make it safe, open and accessible to the public as soon as possible. That's why Senate Bill 1392, presently being considered in the General Assembly, is so important. It helps assure broad-based state and local leadership in the reuse planning of Fort Monroe.
Patroned by Sen. Marty Williams at the request of Gov. Tim Kaine, the bill could play a key role in helping to expedite the necessary environmental cleanup of Fort Monroe.
It is the Army's responsibility to clean up any environmentally contaminated property prior to abandoning the post and before it may be transferred to the commonwealth. While this could take years to complete, the commonwealth, by law, cannot accept the property until it is environmentally sound. Williams' bill authorizes the governor to turn the fort over to an expanded Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority that would serve as the third-party entity to oversee an efficient, privatized cleanup of Fort Monroe, still at federal expense.
... For the entire letter, see http://www.dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-54270sy0feb14,0,1416385.story?coll=dp-opinion-editorials -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Installation_Reuse_Forum mailing list Installation_Reuse_Forum@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/installation_reuse_forum
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