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|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "U.S. Air Force Sued Over Low Level Training Flights"|
For the complete article go to: http://ens.lycos.com/ens/feb2000/2000L-02-02-06.html U.S. Air Force Sued Over Low Level Training Flights By Cat Lazaroff ENS WASHINGTON, DC, February 2, 2000 (ENS) - A broad coalition of citizens groups from around the country filed suit in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., last week to force the United States Air Force to reevaluate its flight training program. The groups, led by the Rural Alliance for Military Accountability and the Center for Biological Diversity, say low level military training flights harm wildlife, livestock and rural communities. The lawsuit seeks to require the Air Force to prepare a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for its nationwide low level flight training program. The coalition says the Air Force is violating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to comprehensively address the environmental impacts of the Program, as required by federal law and as requested for years by other government agencies and concerned citizens. The lawsuit also seeks to halt Air Force low-level flights until the required PEIS has been prepared. The defendants named in the case include the Air Force, Acting Secretary of the Air Force F. Whitten Peters, the Department of Defense, and Secretary of Defense William Cohen. "The Air Force's low-level flight training program consists of highly intrusive military flights over many rural, undeveloped areas throughout the nation, including national parks, wilderness areas, national wildlife refuges and wild and scenic rivers," said Peter Galvin, Conservation Biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity. "These low-level military overflights are extremely loud, sometimes deafening, and startling to human beings and animals, causing wildlife and livestock to panic and stampede and impairing their ability to reproduce and raise their young," Galvin continued. "Cumulatively, these low-level overflights are having very harmful impacts on numerous wildlife species, including migratory birds, raptors such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, mammals such as bighorn sheep and antelope, cultural resources and rural communities." continued... http://ens.lycos.com/ens/feb2000/2000L-02-02-06.html You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________ Follow the U.S. presidential race on our Politics list! http://www.topica.com/lists/politics
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