2002 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 24 May 2002 22:03:25 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Moffett wetlands
Mountain View (California) Voice
Friday, May 24, 2002 

"Island of pollution" in MV?
Wetland saga drags on 

By Justin Scheck 

There were no picketers, singers, or youths with faces painted "Save the
Great Blue Heron" at the latest meeting on the bitterly disputed cleanup
plans for one of Mountain View's last wetlands. 

But the absence of the enviro-activists who livened up last summer's
meeting did not change the fact that, with this Superfund cleanup,
nothing seems to change. 

Environmental advocates are still irate, the Navy's cleanup plans
haven't changed, and NASA -- the site's owner -- is quietly insisting
that its future plans will never include restoration of tidal flows to
the 254-acre area, which has been diked off from South San Francisco Bay
for about 100 years. 

Local government officials and environmental advocates have staunchly
opposed the Navy's plan, since it would remove only enough of the site's
toxins -- which include PCBs, DDT and heavy metals -- for the wetland to
be safe for a freshwater ecosystem. NASA would therefore be required to
bar tidal restoration of the site. 


for the entire story, see

for my column on the same subject, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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