2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:19:49 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, HABITAT: Newport Chemical Depot (IN) prairie
FLASHPOINT: Army needs to protect the prairie at Newport Depot

Opinion by Marty Jones and Phillip Cox
Terre Haute Tribune Star (IN)
March 27, 2011

There are a lot of misconceptions that the 336-acre U.S. Army Newport Chemical Depot prairie will be saved. For the record, this is the largest black soil prairie in Indiana and there are no guarantees that it will be saved. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stated in a March 2009 letter about the future reuse of the Depot, "Today in the 21st century, prairies and the grassland animals dependent upon them are considered globally threatened. The importance of prairie to endangered grassland species, floodwater retention, groundwater recharge, watershed protection, return of carbon to soils, erosion control, and aesthetics, among many other realized benefits, has caused prairie conservation to be an increasingly important issue. A restoration on
this scale would be of national significance."

Last November, the Army released a "Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI), Environmental Assessment of the Disposal and Reuse of Newport Chemical Depot, Indiana" and the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Implementation of Base Realignment and Closure at Newport Chemical Depot, Indiana.” There were many concerns and comments sent to the Army about these documents. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was submitted to the Army on Dec. 28, 2010, requesting all of the public comments. The Army finally responded on March 8. They denied the request for a fee waiver and gave only one day to answer if more than $1,600 could be raised to get the 800 pages of public comments. This is clearly a case of the fox watching the chicken coop; and it is obvious that the Army does not want those comments to get into the
public’s hands in a timely manner.


For the entire article, see
http://tribstar.com/opinion/x1332406678/FLASHPOINT-Army-needs-to- protect-the-prairie-at-Newport-Depot


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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