2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Feb 2005 21:57:24 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Old lead cable recovered from Alaskan waters
Divers in Sitka heave WWII cable from ocean
CLAM ISLAND: It is threatening marine life, officials say.

The Daily Sentinel (Sitka)/Anchorage Daily News (AK)
February 28, 2005

SITKA -- A pair of divers hauled about 500 pounds of World War II lead
communication cable from the ocean floor near Clam Island as part of a
project to remove a segment of the 63-year-old cable from Sitka Sound.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska officials estimate as many as 25 miles of the
cable crisscross the ocean floor near Sitka, where they believe it is
slowly corroding and threatening the marine environment.

Over the next two weeks, divers will be concentrating on removing about
3,000 feet of cable. The remediation is funded by the Defense
Department's Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program,
which aids Native American groups in cleaning up after defense
department activity.

Defense Department investigator Steve Johnson said the tribe hopes to
remove all of the submerged cable eventually but for now is focusing on
segments that pose the greatest risk to marine life.


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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