2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 17 May 2005 06:01:03 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Weaker cleanup goals at former Williams AFB (AZ)
[Has anyone seen the policy referred to in the third paragraph of this
article? LS]

Federal rules scrap cleanup at Williams Gateway 

By J. Craig Anderson, 
East Valley Tribune (AZ)
May 16, 2005

The U.S. Air Force scrapped an innovative plan to clean up toxic
chemicals at Williams Gateway Airport because Bush administration
officials decided the contamination isn't likely enough to give
residents cancer, an Air Force representative said.

The Air Force was planning to use new technology to extract pollutants
from a 20-acre jet fuel spill at the Mesa airport in late 2004 when top
military advisers handed down a revised policy, said Anthony Wong,
environmental coordinator for base realignment and closures at the Air
Force Real Property Agency. 

The policy change places restrictions on the amount of money that can be
spent decontaminating former military installations if the risk of
causing cancer in humans is less than 1 in 10,000. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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