2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 09:39:28 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Extensive Pollution Stalls Base Conversions
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LA Times
Monday, May 1, 2000 

Extensive Pollution Stalls Base Conversions 
Development: Total cleanup cost at the 12 worst California sites is
expected to be $3.6 billion. 

Special to The Times

After a decade-long struggle to weave dozens of former military bases into
California communities, pollution left behind by the armed forces has
complicated and stalled ambitious plans to convert the 12 most heavily
contaminated bases into industrial parks, museums, airports, housing and
other civilian uses.  These facilities, representing 41% of the state's
closed bases, are plagued by some of the worst pollution in America. 

Although at least $1.6 billion has been spent on environmental problems at
the sites, records and interviews show that none have been fully converted
to civilian use. Not one has been fully cleaned up and, on several, not all
of the pollution has been evaluated. 

Plans for the bases have encountered not only environmental hurdles, but
also budgetary constraints and political and legal battles involving the
military, municipalities, regulators and activists. 


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