|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 13 Oct 1994 17:00:20 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Defense Environmental Budget|
CLEANUP APPROPRIATIONS CHOPPED When Congress concludes its deliberations on military spending this September, it will probably end up slicing $150 million to $300 million from the administration request for Department of Defense (DOD) cleanup. The Congressional Armed Services Committees, which authorize Department of Defense environmental spending, have generally been supportive of cleanup funding requests. The Appropriations subcommittees, on the other hand, have not been convinced that the requested program is necessary, efficient, or perhaps more to the point, has a political constituency. This year, after the typical whittling down of requirements defined in the field, DOD sought $2,180,200,000 for the Defense Environmental Restoration Account (DERA). DERA funds cleanup at active and former domestic installations, but it does not cover expenses at facilities closed or closing under the three rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The House Appropriators slashed $300,000,000 from DERA, and the Senate approved a cut of $146,125,000. Unless significant pressure is brought to bear, the Conference committee, which is scheduled to meet in September, will probably split the difference, resulting in a significant shortfall of cleanup funds. The Senate Appropriators took another step that could inhibit remediation in the long run by reducing funds for important research and development activities that could lead to cheaper, safer, faster, and better cleanup. They deleted the $30 million in DERA environmental technology projects and earmarked most of the new Innovative Environmental Technology Systems Program (IETSP) for activities unrelated to cleanup. Both programs were to have been key sources of funding for the demonstration and fielding of new cleanup technologies that are needed to make environmental restoration cheaper, faster, and better. In particular, the Senate Appropriations Committee seeks to direct $18 million to fund a Climate Change Fuel Cell Program, to be managed by the Energy Department's Morgantown Energy Technology Center, $3.5 million to demonstrate the "Terra-Vit" hazardous waste treatment technology in Hawaii, and $3.5 million for the Natural Gas Liquifier Program. All of these programs have their own merit, but if the IETSP is dedicated to them, valuable resources will be diverted from an important, requirement-based technology program. This article is reprinted from the September, 1994 edition of the CITIZENS REPORT ON THE MILITARY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. For more information, or to be place on the mailing list, contact <email@example.com>.
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