2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: "Steven B. Pollack" <Steve@EcoEsq.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 23:38:00 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] COMMUNITY: [Fwd: CSWAB UPDATE: Army Gags Badger RAB Members]
What authority did the Army cite for the gag order? It sounds very
totalitarian as a method of quieting dissenting opinion.


Steven B. Pollack, Attorney
Executive Director, Blue Eco Legal Council
P.O. Box 1370
Highland Park, IL 60035

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [CPEO-MEF] COMMUNITY: [Fwd: CSWAB UPDATE: Army Gags Badger RAB
> Members]
> From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
> Date: Fri, March 19, 2010 2:47 pm
> To: Military Environmental Forum <military@lists.cpeo.org>
> From: 	Laura Olah <cswab@merr.com>
> For Immediate Release
> For more information contact:
> Laura Olah, Member, Badger Restoration Advisory Board
> representing Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
> Army Gags Badger RAB Members
> Army officials have ordered rural neighbors of Wisconsin's Badger Army
> Ammunition Plant to suppress an environmental report by an independent
> consultant working with the local Restoration Advisory Board (RAB).
> "Immediately following last night's public meeting, an Army official
> pushed a document in front me saying that the gag order recently sent to
> our consultant also applies to me," said Laura Olah, a rural neighbor of
> the Badger plant and chair of the committee that secured the RAB's
> technical advisor. “I was also told to contact anyone who has received a
> copy of the report and withdraw it until the Army has first reviewed and
> approved it."
> The 11-page technical review, which was simultaneously provided to both
> the RAB and the military, is critical of an Army proposal that would
> allow higher levels of contamination on properties that are slated for
> transfer to the State of Wisconsin, Bluffview Sanitary District, U.S.
> Department of Agriculture, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
> In particular, the Army wants to designate certain areas at Badger as
> "industrial" which would allow the military to leave much higher levels
> of soil contamination than currently approved by the Wisconsin DNR.  The
> Army wants to increase allowed levels of the carcinogenic explosive
> 2,6-DNT, for example, from 4.29 to 620 parts per million (ppm).  Soil
> cleanup goals for lead would increase from 30 to 500 ppm.
> "Having an independent qualified provider contributes to environmental
> restoration activities at the plant and will help achieve the best
> possible cleanup," Olah added. "Maybe that's what the Army is afraid of."
> The RAB's environmental consultant was hired under a program called
> Technical Assistance for Public Participation (TAPP).  The federal
> program was established by a 1995 amendment to the Defense Authorization
> Act co-authored by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.  The RAB
> conducted a national search and selected Virginia-based Environmental
> Stewardship Concepts (ESC) as its TAPP advisor in 2008.
> RAB members who supported hiring ESC include Mary Carol Solum (At Large
> Member), Paul Herr (Town of Merrimac), Ken Lins (At Large Member), Mary
> Jane Koch (At Large Member), Michele Hopp (Village of Merrimac), Laura
> Olah (Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger), Charlie Wilhelm, (At Large
> Member), Lance Delaney (At Large Member), William T. Stehling (At Large
> Member), Richard Anderson (At Large Member), Ron Lins (Town of Prairie
> du Sac), O.J. Befera (City of Baraboo), William F. Wenzel (Village of
> Prairie du Sac), and Judy Ashford (Sauk County).
> Since 1994, RABs have been established at over 300 installations and
> properties in the United States and its territories to encourage
> communities and installations to identify and discuss potential
> environmental restoration issues.  TAPP funding is provided by the
> Department of Defense and is available to community members of the RAB
> at installations participating in the Defense Environmental Restoration
> Program.
> The next meeting of the Badger RAB is scheduled for April 26 beginning
> at 6:30 pm at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.   All RAB meetings are open
> to the public.
> - END -
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