|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:01:46 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Ft. Ord (CA) "early" transfer|
Army hands locals 3,300 acres at Fort Ord Kelly Zito San Francisco Chronicle August 12, 2008The last large section of Fort Ord - a former infantry training base in Monterey that dates back to 1917 - will sprout homes, businesses and parks decades sooner than originally planned. Under a landmark, $100 million agreement, local authorities are taking over the cleanup and conversion of the one the biggest, most complex and contaminated military sites in the country.
Federal and state officials today celebrated the official transfer of 3,300 acres from the U. S. Army to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, a group of local city and county leaders who are overseeing the redevelopment of the 28,000-acre base just north of the town of Seaside on Monterey Bay. The base, which trained soldiers for World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, was closed in the mid 1990s as part of the large-scale downsizing of the U.S. military.
Typically, bases are transferred to local authorities only after the military rids the site of toxic chemicals and old munitions. In this case, political, economic and community interest in the prime coastal real estate drove the reuse authority to lobby for the early transfer. Under the agreement, approved late last month by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Army will supply the reuse authority with $100 million for the cleanup - which includes the continuing, arduous task of locating and disposing of bombs, bullets and artillery shells.
... For the entire article, see http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/12/MNN4129M0R.DTL&tsp=1 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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