2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 07:52:28 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: Loring AFB (ME) and Lowry AFB (CO)
Cleaning Up the Toxic Legacy of Closed Military Bases

Daily Finance
September 24, 2010

The Department of Defense's Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) plans to close 20 military bases across the country by Sept. 15, 2011. Once a military facility closes, the ripple effect is felt throughout the surrounding communities: families lose neighbors, businesses lose customers and workers lose jobs. In this series of stories, DailyFinance looks at how closures have affected communities in the past, and at what some military families and the businesses that cater to them plan to do once their base closes.

Military base closures can leave behind a toxic environmental legacy that's damaging and expensive to repair. In fact, the U.S. Force and Navy both rank among the top 100 polluters in America, and many of the bases they've left behind as a result of the BRAC closures have been declared Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency.

For most of the 20 bases that are currently slated to close, their path to a post-military rebirth will likely involve some measure of environmental remediation conducted either by the military or by private contractors. Depending upon the level of pollution and the vitality of the community, waste cleanup can vary considerably. To get an idea of what's ahead for the bases slated to close, we've looked at two distinct cleanup cases: Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Me., and Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.


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Lenny Siegel
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