2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: lsiegel@cpeo.org
Date: 29 Sep 2005 21:52:44 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Air Force pleads immunity in Kelly AFB (TX) fish kill
Air Force pleads immunity in fish kill 

Lisa Sorg
San Antonio Current
September 29, 2005

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is planning to sue the Air
Force over a fish kill that occurred as the result of construction at
the former Kelly Air Force Base. 

But the suit and $10,000 fine might not stick because the Air Force is
invoking its exemption from the Clean Water Act. 

The fish kill happened on October 20, 2004, after an Air Force
contractor hit an old storm sewer pipe about a half-mile north of Leon
Creek while building a trench as part of contamination cleanup efforts
at the base. To keep the trench from collapsing, the contractor
buttressed it with guar-based polymer. About 20,000 gallons of the guar
mix, which is biodegradable, leaked from the trench into the pipe and
into Leon Creek, absorbing oxygen from the water and killing an
undetermined number of fish. 


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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