|From:||CPEO Moderator <email@example.com>|
|Date:||30 May 2003 18:49:54 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] ARE THERE BOMBS BURIED IN YOUR BACKYARD?|
May 30, 2003 For Immediate Release Contact: Kathie Eastman (503) 231-2300/(503)231-6995 ** MEDIA ADVISORY ** ARE THERE BOMBS BURIED IN YOUR BACKYARD? Lawmakers Unveil DOD Unexploded Ordnance Inventory List Washington, DC - Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) will join Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) and Congressmen Sam Farr (D-Calif.), as well as Aimée Houghton from the Center for Public Environmental Oversight to announce the release of the inventory of former Department of Defense (DoD) sites nationwide with known or suspected unexploded ordnance (UXO). UXO is the explosive waste left behind on defense sites. Millions of acres of land and internal waterways are contaminated with UXO. Sites containing UXO exist in every state an nearly every Congressional district. These sites, which include bombing ranges and testing facilities, were once located in underpopulated areas. However, these sites are now close to housing developments, schools or within parks and other public lands. In the Washington, DC area for example, the Spring Valley neighborhood was used by the military for testing of chemical weapons from 1917-1919. In a tragic example, two young boys were killed near the San Diego subdivision of Tierrasanta in 1983 when UXO they discovered exploded. In 2001, Blumenauer introduced legislation that was included in the Fiscal Year 2002 Department of Defense Authorization bill requiring DoD to make public an inventory of lands littered with unexploded munitions. The inventory, to be released next week, will for the first time give the public accurate information about where these sites are located and rank the sites by environmental and public health hazard. In the wake of the administration's request to exempt the DoD from environmental laws, the inventory illustrates just how much of a toxic legacy already exists. WHAT: Unexploded Ordnance Inventory Release WHERE: Cannon Terrace Location Capitol Hill Rain Location: 122 Cannon House Office Building WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3rd ### ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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