2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 9 Jan 2005 20:38:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Portsmouth Naval Shipyard cleanup
Shipyard cleanup costs: Who pays if Navy ships out?

Foster's Sunday Citizen (NH)
January 9, 2005

In the wake of revelations that the Department of Defense is seeking
exemptions from laws governing toxic waste cleanup, officials say the
Navy will continue to honor its obligation to an ongoing environmental
project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Despite the assurance, some environmental activists are not convinced.

"I don't feel confident the DOD will meet its obligations at the
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard or anywhere else," said Kyla Bennett, head of
the New England chapter of Public Employees for Environmental
Responsibility. Two months ago, PEER was responsible for releasing a
draft revisions to a 1996 directive built on a pledge "to display
environmental security leadership within Department of Defense
activities worldwide," according to the New York Times.

The draft revisions eliminate the reference to environmental security,
and emphasize instead that it is the Pentagon's role to sustain the
national defense mission. Potential risks to the environment and worker
safety, it says, should be addressed as part of a larger effort to
manage risks, save money and preserve readiness.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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