2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 08:16:14 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, HABITAT: Newport Chemical Depot (IN) tallgrass prairie
[The Army spent taxpayer money conducting an award-winning prairie restoration at Indiana's Newport Chemical Depot. Now, with transfer and reuse, there is a chance that most of the restored prairie will be destroyed. - LS]

Society aims to preserve Newport Depot tallgrass prairie
336 acres of tallgrass land was restored by Army

Howard Greninger
Terre Haute Tribune-Star (IN)
December 15, 2010

NEWPORT - Several groups advocating the preservation of the largest contiguous black-soil restored tallgrass prairie in Indiana say their concerns have fallen on deaf ears and now hope the U.S. Army will take action.

The Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority voted in November 2009 to adopt a plan on how best to use 11 square miles at the former Army weapons facility that once produced and stored VX nerve agent in Vermillion County. The Army is expected to turn over the property to the Reuse Authority next year, pending final reviews.

However, Phillip W. Cox, conservation chair for the Wabash Valley Audubon Society, said the reuse plan would destroy all but about 44 acres of the restored black-soil tallgrass prairie, with the rest used for row crop agriculture or designated for future business development.


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Lenny Siegel
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