|Date:||21 May 2001 17:20:41 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] UXO experts say Mare Island cleanup botched|
Reading this article came as no surprise to those of us who have been dealing in closed or transferred sites contaminated with UXO's. The theme through all of these sites is a lack of accountability and responsibility by the branch who used the land and then the local government's bottom line of revenue with total disregard for the people of the community. I found several areas of discrepancies or at least another 'twist' on the logic presented: Why are the cleanup specialists (i.e., =A0UXO/EOD trained personnel) expert advice being ignored or worse yet, given the appearance they are inept in their field, particularly when many of them have been trained by the DoD or one of our military branches? Mayor Intintoli Jr.'s comments about 'I never experienced the Navy acting negligently or recklessly' may be true up to a point but with each BRAC/FUDS site, this same scenario is repeated over and over again, regardless of the branch. I would suggest the Mayor talk to those involved with Fort Ord or the Massachusetts Military Range or any other closures in regard to 'reckless' behavior by the military. =A0It has taken lawsuits to achieve what should be a natural progression, that is making a mess and then cleaning it up for the communities who made military feel welcomed. The UXO experts know the unreliability regarding technologies and=20 methodologies to cleanup practices. =A0I find it 'odd' that the Navy did not involve the USACE to begin with, though the Corps has proven they are behind the times in regard to the practices they use. =A0I can say this with no malice due to being a RAB member of the Camp Bonneville Base Closure in Vanc., WA and witnessing old traditional site characterizations by the Corps themselves now working with EPA and DOE to utilize newer methods and technologies. As for the comments made by Bill Moore, Lennar's Project Manager regarding regulations by the different environmental agencies, I would also challenge Mr. Moore to talk to the other BRAC/FUDS sites regarding said entities and their track records. It is obvious not all those who work within EPA, DOE, DTSC, etc., are trustworthy of such a title. I have many friends within EPA who understand not all fellow employees are doing their job-protecting the environment. I can also state, firsthand, that is NOT the case with our EPA and DOE reps for Camp Bonneville. We work with the finest men from these agencies. I believe they deserve some sort of recognition and reward for their integrity, not only for doing their jobs but for their commitment to the communities they protect. Beyond the danger of what UXO's were created to due - harm, kill or maim people, UXO's create chemical contamination in the ground and groundwater. Has the Navy attempted to test the water under Mare Island for such contamination? I will use a favorite phrase from the military: The "bottom line" here appears to be money (by both the elected public servants and the Navy) with no belief in their own words 'to serve and protect the public and the environment from harm'. What a terrible legacy the Navy is leaving behind and what a terrible reality the community is going to have to live with if they do not stand up and right this wrong. Stella Bourassa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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