2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Kutak_R@ix.netcom.com
Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:53:02 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] This Site Never Ceases to Amaze
Your disappointment is legitimate. But perhaps the cause is not what you
think. In many but not all base closure and DOE communities, the
government representatives are sincere, hardworking and genuinely
concerned public servants who will never  be compensated fully for the
dedication and hard work that they commit to the environmental issues
generated by years of environmental neglect and mismanagement. But at
some facilities, the efforts to keep the local community in the dark,
obfuscate the facts, withhold critical information and frustrate the
proper concerns of state and federal regulators are long term,
deliberate and  counterproductive. Unfortunately, those faciliities with
such poorly managed programs  have infected other communities with
elements of distrust and rancor. This is not a universal truth, but the
cautiousness with which some communities approach the federal
environmental program in their neighborhoods is well earned by the
federal officials responsible for less than candid dealings.

If ownership of the problem is the objective, the owners will have to
have a seat at the table in the areas of site characterization,
budgeting, remedy selection, scheduling,  and  monitoring results of
land use controls. The alternative is the current situation.

Barry Steinberg

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