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|Date:||4 Mar 2002 22:01:00 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Controlled Burns Could Light Up Fort Ord Again|
Controlled Burns Could Light Up Fort Ord Again FORT ORD, Calif., 10:45 a.m. PST March 1, 2002 - If the Army has its way, controversial controlled burns could soon light up Fort Ord again. The fires have been controversial for years, because the Army does them to burn thick brush so that crews can remove unexploded ordnance. But many people say that the burns are a major health hazard. The Army hopes to begin doing the burns in October, but it still has to get approval. The Army started doing the controlled burns in 1997, but stopped the process a year later, after it was sued by a local air quality agency. Opponents believe the burns release toxic chemicals into the air. The army disputes that, and now believes that it may have a legal right to continue the burns. Army officials said that they need to do the burns, because they have identified three areas with extremely dangerous unexploded ordnance, and the only way to get to it is by doing a controlled burn. "Nobody wants to find alternatives to prescribed burning more than the Army, but frankly, for these ranges, the alternative is not to remove the ordnance. And we don't think that's a good situation for the community," U.S. Army spokesman James Willison said. The complete article can be viewed at: http://www.msnbc.com/local/ksbw/a1105035.asp
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