2002 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: 20 Feb 2002 22:39:46 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Base bill clears House
Lengthy struggle ends with unanimous vote that balances environmental, 
military needs.


Feb. 14 - BOSTON - The end was almost anticlimactic. For years, the Cape 
fought over the future of Camp Edwards. Angry veterans marched on Beacon 
Hill to defend the National Guard. Environmentalists said the military 
couldn't be trusted to protect the water supply from pollution. 

Both sides said it was a matter of life and death.

When the issue was finally resolved on the House floor yesterday, the 
chamber was two-thirds empty. Some of the state representatives who were 
there had their backs turned in private conversation as Cape lawmakers 
made impassioned pleas to turn the base over to a state environmental 

No matter. Most of the representatives returned when it was time to 
vote. With House Speaker Thomas Finneran's blessing, the bill passed 
unanimously, 149-0.

The bill allows the National Guard to continue to train on the 15,000 
acres. Safeguards will be implemented to protect the Cape's sole-source 
aquifer. An environmental commission will have the power to stop 
training that harms the water or environment.

The complete story can be viewed at:

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] Fort Devens taken off Superfund list
Next by Date: [CPEO-MEF] Hawaiians revive Makahiki in Makua Valley
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Fort Devens taken off Superfund list
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Hawaiians revive Makahiki in Makua Valley

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index