2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:26:05 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS: "Navigating the Recovery Labyrinth"
When Chemical Releases Occur at a Federal Facility: Navigating the Recovery Labyrinth

by Diane Henkels
Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
Vol. 24 (2), 2009

This Article was inspired by exercises that took place in Umatilla County, Oregon, as part of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), a federal government program designed to protect local populations from the danger posed by hazardous releases on federal lands. The Oregon CSEPP site is one of six locations where the nation’s chemical weapons are stockpiled. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) designs and delivers HSEEP-compliant, emergency preparedness exercises, which are conducted annually at all CSEPP sites. The exercises simulate both a chemical release from a CSEPP site and the measures that would have to be taken to safeguard the public. The simulations focus primarily on emergency evacuation and steps to be taken directly following the release. However, these simulations do not address long-term recovery from a release or the scenario where a natural disaster or a negligent act by the government or a third party causes the chemical release. Hazardous releases may take a number of forms. Far from unique to CSEPP, there are well over 4000 different federal government properties containing hazardous waste, which, at a minimum, threaten to release hazardous substances and must be cleaned up.


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Lenny Siegel
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