2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:12:14 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] SHIPS: California "Ghost Fleet" Contract
Feds shouldn't have scrapped open bidding

San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2010

The $3.1 million federal contract awarded last week for a newly formed company to scrap two obsolete World War II-era cargo ships in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet seemed perfect in every way, except one.

We say perfect in that it responded to so many North Bay community concerns.

It will remove a source of pollution created by lead-based paint from the derelict vessels flaking into the bay waters.


But why wasn't the contract put out to bid? Global prices for scrap metal are rising. Scrapping ships is profitable even without subsidy.


For the entire editorial, see

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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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