2003 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Aimee Houghton <aimeeh@cpeo.org>
Date: 6 Apr 2003 18:28:13 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Editorial-Pentagon Doesn't Need Environmental Waivers
Traverse City Record-Eagle

Pentagon Doesn't Need Environmental Waivers

A suggestion by the Department of Defense that military commanders give President Bush suggestions on where he could issue military facilities executive exemptions from a host of environmental laws should be shelved for now - until 2050 or so, for instance.

It's a bad idea and an unnecessary return to the bad old days when the military - along with much of American industry, for that matter - simply dumped what it didn't want anyplace that was convenient.

Reminders of the long-term harm of such policies were visible right here in Traverse City not so long ago.

Anyone driving along Parsons Road near Cherry Capital Airport could spot wells that were part of a massive, decade-long cleanup necessitated when aviation fuel and other chemicals got into the groundwater near the current Coast Guard air base.

The pollution was so bad that dozens of homes in what is called the "alphabet street" area near the airport were provided with bottled water and, eventually, city water.

Just a few years ago, when the Coast Guard ceded land at the airport to Traverse City Area Public Schools for use as a soccer complex, more polluted material was unearthed when some excavating was done. That was sealed over and left there.

For current examples, one need go no further than Camp Grayling, where wells monitor the groundwater near the headwaters of both the AuSable and Manistee rivers.

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Aimee R. Houghton
Associate Director, CPEO
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Washington, DC 20036
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Email: aimeeh@cpeo.org

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