|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:54:04 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: PEER files suit for info on ocean dumping|
News Release Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility July 21, 2010DOES THE NAVY KNOW WHERE ITS MUNITIONS GO? - Navy Cannot Find Records to Quell Claims of Continued Open Sea Dumping
Washington, DC - The U.S. Navy cannot account for the disposition of artillery shells, missiles and other heavy munitions when its warships return to American ports after deployment, according to a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER has received reports that the Navy still dumps ordnance at open sea to avoid cumbersome security arrangements for high-impact explosives when ships enter U.S. ports.
On March 15, 2010, PEER submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of the Navy asking it for any records relating to disposal of unused munitions from Navy vessels returning to port as well as for copies of charts of known ammunition disposal areas in waters off U.S. coasts. For decades, both the Navy and the U.S. Army routinely dumped unwanted ordnance, including chemical weapons, at sea. Precisely when (or if) the practice of ocean dumping ended is not well documented.
... For the entire release, see http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1377 -- 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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