|From:||Aimee Houghton <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 May 2002 15:04:29 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Draft GAO Report on Encraochment|
Last year the House Government Reform Committee ordered a GAO report
addressing the impact of environmental regulations on military
readiness. The Draft Report was released yesterday and comes to the
conclusion that the military has not made its case.
For months DOD has argued that environmental regulations significantly limit the military's ability to train and prepare for battle. DOD has been so committed to this argument that it sent a legislative package requesting exemptions from specific components of 6 major environmental laws. The House passed two of these exemptions--for the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. With the other four--Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act--the military failed to makes its case.
The Senate Defense Authorization bill (awaiting introduction on the Senate Floor) currently contains none of the 6 exemptions requested by DOD.
To it's credit DOD also requested legislation making it easier to purchase conservation easements for buffer zones around military lands and giving the military authority to transfer surplus property to non-governmental conservations organizations. These provisions currently appear in the House and Senate Defense Authorization bills.
According to an article that appeared yesterday in Inside Washington, "DOD's own data showed the military's state of readiness was high and failed to demonstrate any negative impacts environmental laws had on readiness."
Additionally it was reported that DOD failed to provide or document whether the problem was installation specific or systemic, costs associated with environmental regulatory impacts and what the costs were.
This report comes at a particularly crucial time as the Senate moves its bill toward a vote on the floor and conference committee looms in the future.
Aimee Please note new phone number and address below. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Aimee R. Houghton Associate Director, CPEO 1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036 tel: 202-452-8039; fax: 202-452-8095 Email: email@example.com www.cpeo.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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