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|Date:||1 Aug 2003 15:43:15 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Delta Junction sues Army over high-tech training site|
Alaska JUNEAU EMPIRE Delta Junction sues Army over high-tech training site Web posted Friday, August 1, 2003 FAIRBANKS - The Interior city of Delta Junction has filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Army from building a high-tech training facility too close to neighborhoods. Fairbanks attorney James DeWitt asked for a permanent injunction in U.S. District Court in Fairbanks on Tuesday to halt plans for a Stryker Brigade training facility. Strykers are the Army's new armored vehicles. Their maneuverability and high-powered technology are expected to bridge the gap between heavy armor and light infantry. The lawsuit claims the Army failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued a finding of no significant impact from the proposed expansion. Officials of the city about 80 miles southeast of Fairbanks have committed $15,000 to the legal action, expected to cost $25,000, and are seeking donations to help pay for the rest. DeWitt said the environmental assessment did not fairly address safety, noise, access and other issues raised by the community. The lawsuit asks the judge to prevent the awarding of contracts in anticipation of the 2004 construction season and to order a more complete environmental statement. The Army on June 27 announced a decision to go ahead with the $65 million training plan for the site just southeast of Delta Junction over the objections of nearly 200 residents who attended an open house on the plan in February. The environmental assessment showed no significant impact to the area, a stance residents and elected officials dispute. This article can be viewed at: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080103/sta_deltajctsue.shtml ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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