2003 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Jul 2003 16:10:04 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Bill could block nuke dump
Bill could block nuke dump
By Christopher Smith
July 26, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Members of Utah's congressional delegation late Friday
introduced bipartisan legislation to create a new federal wilderness
area in Utah's west desert within the Air Force's military aircraft
training range.

The bill, similar to a failed attempt last year by former Utah Rep. Jim
Hansen, could also thwart deliveries of highly radioactive nuclear waste
to a proposed temporary storage site on the Skull Valley Goshute Indian
Reservation by removing the Cedar Mountain area as a transportation

But the advertised intent of the measure, said Utah 1st District
Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, is to protect both a critical military
training facility and a ruggedly beautiful and scenic landscape.

"The language contained in this bill goes a long way toward protecting
the national security interests of the U.S. military in being able to
continue to use and overfly wilderness lands in Utah's west desert,"
said Bishop, the bill's sponsor. "It provides flexibility for unknown
future military test and training requirements, as well as protecting
wilderness and wilderness study areas to the maximum extent possible."

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