2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:47:56 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: North Chicago (IL) firing range appeal
Environmental group takes Lake Michigan clean-up case to Supreme Court

by Brian Schneider
Medill Reports - Chicago
February 11, 2010

For the past 90 years, the Coast Guard, FBI and military services have used Lake Michigan's floor as a final resting place for thousands of discharged bullets in violation of federal law, according to a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bullets come from an FBI firearms training facility in North Chicago that also is used by the Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. The facility is the subject of the lawsuit by Blue Eco Legal Counsel.

During 18 live-fire Coast Guard training exercises in 2006 alone, 62,584 bullets were shot into all the Great Lakes, said Blue Eco's Executive Director Steven Pollack, a total of more than 800 pounds. Pollack said this violates the federal Clean Water Act.

In 2008 Cook County Circuit Court dismissed Blue Eco's suit seeking closure of the training facility and $55.2 million to clean up the damage done to the Great Lakes. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in 2009. Pollack petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 12 seeking review of the dismissal. He expects the Supreme Court to rule on his petition Tuesday.


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Lenny Siegel
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