|Date:||27 Mar 2002 17:56:17 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] DoD Exemption Legislation|
I'd like to add a bit to Lenny's assessment of DoD's draft legislation to exempt military training and munitions from various environmental laws. It's important to look closely at the definitions in the draft bill, not just the statutory changes. The definitions are very broad, and open the door to including virtually all DoD activities in the exemptions.The draft bill defines "military readiness activities" broadly, to include not just live fire training but "all training and operations that prepare the men and women of the U.S. military forces for combat, and testing of military equipment, vehicles, weapons, and sensors for proper operation or suitability for combat use." "Combat use" is defined to include not only actual combat, but: "those support functions necessary for armed conflict and operational employment, including transportation of personnel, weapons, supplies, ammunition and other military material to the vicinity of actual or potential armed conflict, intelligence gathering in support of actual or potential armed conflict, command of and communication between military units, and similar activities necessary for the successful prosecution of armed conflict, whether or not conducted at the scene of actual conflict." These definitions could allow the Pentagon to designate virtually any activity (including development, testing, maintenance, and transportation of troops, equipment, weapons, and munitions) as a "military readiness activity" protected under the legislation. Steve Steve Taylor National Organizer Military Toxics Project (207) 783-5091 (phone) (207) 783-5096 (fax) P.O. Box 558 Lewiston, ME 04243-0558
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