2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 20 Jan 2005 21:31:04 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Indiana bill would ease up on bases
Proposed bill would help Crane

By Nick Schneider
Linton Daily Citizen (IN)
January 18, 2005

A group of area state lawmakers are touting a bill in the Indiana
General Assembly that would allow Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane
Division to operate with few state government restrictions and impediments.

Also known as the Military Base Protection Act, House Bill 1022, written
by State Rep. Eric Koch (D-Bedford), is co-sponsored by State Reps.
Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), Peggy Welch (D-Bloomington) and Troy
Woodruff (R-Vincennes).

The Military Base Protection Act, if passed, would establish a Military
Base Planning Council. The council would be required to study and report
on issues related to military bases.

The bill also requires the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management (IDEM) to give priority to permit applications concerning
operations that involve the destruction, reclamation, recycling,
reprocessing, or demilitarization of ordnance and other explosive
materials at military bases that contain more than 60,000 acres of
property and is used for the design, construction, maintenance, and
testing of electronic devices and ordnance.

It also provides immunity from civil liability for military bases for
damages relating to: Noise that results from the operation of the
military base that may be heard within two miles of the military base;
and interference with telecommunications that results from the operation
of the military base and occurs within five miles of the military base.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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