2000 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 09:52:16 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] NRC, Activists Clash on Cleanup
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Tuesday June 6 6:43 PM ET 

NRC, Activists Clash on Cleanup

By CHRIS HAWLEY, Associated Press Writer 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Environmental activists clashed with a U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Tuesday over cleanup plans that
could leave buried some of the radioactive depleted uranium rounds
mistakenly fired on the Navy's Vieques bombing range.

 ``The risk of leaving a few buried in the ground is minimal,'' Luis A.
Reyes, the commission's regional director, told a news conference attended
by several activists. ``It should not cause problems in the bombing range
because it is an area restricted to the public.''

His announcement outraged environmentalists who have been demanding the
Navy clean up 263 rounds mistakenly fired from two Marine Corps Harrier
jets on Feb. 19, 1999, in violation of federal law and Navy regulations
that restrict their use to combat zones. The Navy recovered 57 rounds last


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