2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 8 Aug 2003 16:30:19 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Environmental groups want to slow MMR lease process
Environmental groups want to slow MMR lease process
By Doreen Leggett / dleggett@cnc.com
Wednesday, August 6, 2003

The old adage, "Haste makes waste," is taking on a deeper meaning for a
coalition of environmental groups.

Groups like the Association to Preserve Cape Cod believe that
fast-tracking the Army's lease, for the National Guard, on the
Massachusetts Military Reservation is a mistake when there are still a
number of unanswered questions.

At a press conference held on the Hyannis Green Tuesday, Maggie Geist,
executive director of APCC, said that the governor's plans to extend the
lease from 2026 to 2051 was premature especially since it is unclear if
the new environmental safeguards in place for military training are

And, she noted, all four Upper Cape towns have yet to sign an agreement
with the government regarding new drinking water supplies. (The Pentagon
has committed to replacing some of the water that was contaminated by
past training activities on the base.)

"There is no need to rush," Geist, flanked by members of the Sierra
Club, League of Women Voters, and Orenda Wildlife Trust, said. "It just
doesn't make sense."

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