2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 2 Mar 2005 22:59:32 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "U.S. seeking looser environmental laws"
U.S. seeking looser environmental laws

Associated Press (Monterey Herald)
March 2, 2005

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is asking Congress to amend three
environmental laws to reduce their impact on military ranges after
failing to win the changes last year.

Administration officials circulated among federal agencies their
proposed language for changing the laws in a Jan. 6 document obtained by
The Associated Press. The language calls for the same changes that
stalled in Congress last year.

Defense Department officials want the Clean Air Act amended so that any
additional air pollution from training exercises wouldn't have to be
counted for three years in the state plans for meeting federal air
quality standards.

The document says that under the current law "it is becoming
increasingly difficult to base military aircraft near developed areas."

Other changes sought are in the Superfund and the Solid Waste Disposal
Act. The Pentagon opposes having to remove unexploded ordnance from its
operational ranges. It also wants to delay cleanups until after
contamination spreads beyond military boundaries.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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